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A Description of the Cuts.

I. A view of the Indians of Terra del Fuego in their hut.

II. A view of Matavia Bay in Otaheite; called by Captain Wallis, Port Royal Harbour in King George the Third’s Island. The view is taken from One Tree Hill, and the tree is a new species of the Erythrina.

III. A view in the Island of Ulietea, with a double canoe and a boat-house.

IV. A view of the Island of Otaheite, with several vessels of that island.

V. A view in the Island of Otaheite; with the house or shed called Tupapow, under which the dead are deposited, and a representation of the person who performs the principal part in the funeral ceremony in his peculiar dress; with a man climbing the bread-fruit tree to get out of his way.

VI. A view in the Island of Huaheine; with the Ewharra no Eatua, or House of God; a small altar with its offering; and a tree called Owharra with which the houses are thatched.

VII. A view of the inside of a house in the Island of Ulietea, with the representation of a dance to the music of the country.

VIII. A military gorget worn in the South Sea Islands.

IX. The first two figures, reckoning from the left hand, are chissels or gouges; the third an adze of the smaller kind, the fourth, the instrument with which the bread-fruit is beaten into paste; the fifth, the nasal flute; the sixth, a thatching needle; the seventh, the instrument used for beating the cloth, over which is a square representing the end of it, to shew the different size of the grooves on the four sides, the number of which is expressed in figures.

X. The first figure, reckoning from the left hand, is an adze of the larger size; the second and third are different representations of the upper part of it, to shew the manner of tying the stone to the handle; the smaller figures are tattowing instruments, to pierce the skin, of different sizes with and without their handles; the last is the instrument with which they are struck for that purpose.


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