Men venturing out on the ocean were entrusting themselves to the spirits of the winds and the sea. For this reason, two long streamers of feathers floated behind the carved stern posts of the great war canoes. The upper one was a resting place for the spirits of the winds. The lower one, which often trailed iin the water, belonged to the spirits of the oceans.
The flowers of the clematis vine were sometimes worn in mourning. Though it is hard to believe that Nga Toenga of Ngati Maru is wearing them for this reason. The date is Her straw hat is of foreign manufacture.