Pounamu (New Zealand Jade) Maori Toki by master artist Tyson Lynes. The toki is the blade of and adze with which the great war canoes were carved from giant trees so is said to represent a crafts person or artist. www.boneart.co.nz

Pounamu (New Zealand Jade) Maori Toki by master artist Tyson Lynes. The toki is the blade of and adze with which the great war canoes were carved from giant trees so is said to represent a crafts person or artist. www.boneart.co.nz

Kura Gallery New Zealand Design Harakeke Weaving Jan Van de Klundert

Kura Gallery New Zealand Design Harakeke Weaving Jan Van de Klundert

Maori did not have a written language until after the arrival of the missionaries. However, along with the oral histories passed between generations, much of the tribal histories and legends were permanently recorded for all to refer to in the carving and weaving of the various iwi (tribes). Weaving was just as carving a gift from the Gods.

Maori did not have a written language until after the arrival of the missionaries. However, along with the oral histories passed between generations, much of the tribal histories and legends were permanently recorded for all to refer to in the carving and weaving of the various iwi (tribes). Weaving was just as carving a gift from the Gods.

Various kete (woven baskets from flax) for sale at the Otara Flea-market in Auckland, New Zealand

Various kete (woven baskets from flax) for sale at the Otara Flea-market in Auckland, New Zealand

Kura Gallery Maori New Zealand Weaving Raranga Kete Jess Paraone

Kura Gallery Maori New Zealand Weaving Raranga Kete Jess Paraone

Poi Tāniko — Te ngau a Tāne by Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard, Māori artist (KX100601)

Poi Tāniko — Te ngau a Tāne by Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard, Māori artist (KX100601)

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