“Contributions towards a better Knowledge of the Maori Race,” Part IV.,—on their legends, myths, quasi-religious ceremonies, and invocations concerning the Kumara plant,—by W. Colenso, F.L.S. (Transactions, p. 33).
A few curious and pleasing old manufactures of the Maoris were also shown, further exemplifying their skill, taste, patience, and perseverance (alluded to in the paper read), in various industrial works; including (1) a remarkably finely carved and ornamented sea fish-hook of the old Maoris, made out of human and moa bones, and inlaid with mother-of-pearl shell; (2) specimens of the hand-made cords of the olden time: one kind, though small, being also closely bound round with a still finer one, after the fashion of the silver-string of a violin: and (3) a tobacco-pipe, bowl and stem in one piece, neatly cut out of a hard, close-grained, white stone (obtained in 1835).
Some novel Zoological specimens were also exhibited; among them were several fine spiders, dug up from a depth of 15–20 inches, in swampy soil, at Ongaonga by Mr. John Drummond, and kindly presented by him. This spider is allied to the trap-door spider of Otago (Trans. N.Z. Inst., vols. viii. and x.) but is quite distinct. A paper describing it and its habits was promised by the exhibitor, the Honorary Secretary, at a future meeting.