This Feltex Award-winning documentary follows two grandchildren of the last full-blooded Moriori back to Rēkohu in the Chatham Islands, to rediscover their heritage. Charles and Margaret Solomon learn about 1000 years of Moriori settlement: Polynesian origins, tree carvings, and Pacifist beliefs tragically tested in 1835. Nine years before a book by Michael King and Barry Barclay's film The Feathers of Peace, this doco revised popular misconceptions about the Moriori. Wayne Tourell writes about here about directing the doco, while Moriori leader Maui Solomon argues that it helped launch a revival of Moriori culture.
Our family and relations are the only living link with a people, a culture, that’s virtually disappeared.– Charles Solomon
Music sung by The Orlando Singers
Moriori leader Maui Solomon writes about the history of the Moriori people, E-Tangata, December 2019
Historian Michael King writes about the Moriori people, NZ Geo, October 1993
The Ministry of Education corrects School Journal misinformation on Moriori, The Sunday Star-Times, March 2011
Article on preserved Moriori dendroglyphs (tree carvings), The Dominion Post, April 2010