generations after they were etched into the sides of trees, the faces
created by unknown Moriori artists on the Chatham Islands still seem to
speak to us.
The faces, full bodies and other designs on living trees cannot be more than a century or two old.
Many may have been carved after 1835, when 900 Atiawa people from Wellington invaded the Chathams, killed about 300 of the Moriori and enslaved the rest - around 1500 to 2000 people.
In the quiet forests where only the roar of the sea breaks the silence, it is easy to imagine those sad survivors etching their designs on to the kopi (karaka) trees, perhaps to pass on their memories to their children ... New Zealand Herald