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Whatu Kakahu: Maori Cloaks
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Te Mana o te Kakahu: The Prestige of Cloaks -- Nga Aho: Threads that Join -- Ko te Putaiao, te Ao o nga Tipuna: Ancestral Maori Scientific Practice -- Te Ao Tawhito/Te Ao Hou: Entwined Threads of Tradition and Innovation -- Whatu: The Enclosing Threads -- Nga Kakahu o Te Papa: The Cloaks of Te Papa -- Classes of Cloaks known from Museum Collections

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Awhina Tamarapa (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Ruanui, Ngati Pikiao) is curator, Maori at Te Papa. She holds a Bachelor of Maori Laws and Philosophy from Te Wananga o Raukawa, Otaki, and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University, Wellington, where she majored in Anthropology. She has worked in museums for more than 10 years, including as concept developer and collection manager at Te Papa, and has contributed to various publications including Nga Puna Roimata o Te Arawa (National Museum, 1993), Curatorship: indigenous perspectives in post-colonial societies: proceedings (Canadian Museum of Civilisation, Ottawa, 1996), the Te Papa Press books Icons Nga Taonga (2003), Taiawhio: Conversations with Contemporary Maori Artists (2002), Taiawhio II: Contemporary Maori Artists; 18 New Conversations (2007), and Looking Flash: Histories of Clothing In New Zealand, which was published by Auckland University Press in 2007.

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