Ancestral Maori Treasures
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|Format:||Paperback, 196 pages|
|Other Information: ||colour illustrations|
|Published In: ||New Zealand, 07 November 2008|
This illustrated book presents taonga tuku iho (ancestral treasures) from Te Papa alongside their connections to iwi and hapu u through the artists who created them, the people who used them in daily life, and their living descendants. Over 120 individual items are included here, each photographed specially in full colour with information on its materials, size and iwi connections. Captions give the stories behind these precious objects while additional photographs u both archival and contemporary u provide readers with background on Maori life and beliefs and on the materials and construction of the taonga. The selection in this book includes items with early Pacific connections, unique carvings, ceremonial artefacts, traditional weapons, waka huia (treasure boxes), jewellery and woven kakahu (clothing), taonga used by tohunga (ancestral experts) including ceremonial adzes, puppets for ritual use, and tools for ta moko (tattooing). Te Papa recognises that taonga (treasures) and collections have special spiritual and cultural connections with Maori people, and this book is an expression of that commitment. An introduction not only to the art of the Maori but also to their land, culture and beliefs.
Table of Contents
Contents include: Maori: A living culture -- Taonga tawhito: Treasures from early times -- Waka: Finding safe passage across water -- Pataka: A chief's storehouse -- Wharenui: The ancestral meeting house -- Ta moko: Carving the skin -- Waka huia and papa hou: Treasure containers -- Taonga puoro: Music of the gods -- Nga taonga a Tangaroa: Fishing -- Kakahu and whatu raranga: Woven garments, woven treasures -- Nga rakau a Tu: Weaponry -- Taonga whakarakai: Items of adornment.
About the Author
Huhana Smith (Ng ti T korehe, Ng ti Raukawa ki te Tonga) is senior curator, M ori at Te Papa. She led the M tauranga M ori section for Icons Ng Taonga (Te Papa Press, 2003) and was the general editor of Tai whio: Conversations with Contemporary M ori Artists (Te Papa Press, 2002). Arapata Hakiwai (Ngati Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata, Ngati Porou, Kai Tahu) is Te Papa's Director, Matauranga Maori. He has extensive museum experience, including over twelve years at Te Papa and the previous National Museum as a curator.
|Publisher: ||Te Papa Press|
|Dimensions: ||24.0 x 21.0 centimeters|