Matt Smiler Kura Gallery Maori Art Design Aotearoa New Zealand Carving Totara Male Mask White Moko

Matt Smiler Kura Gallery Maori Art Design Aotearoa New Zealand Carving Totara Male Mask White Moko

'Hine Te Iwaiwa'  Guardian of the Female Form by Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

'Hine Te Iwaiwa' Guardian of the Female Form by Lewis Tamihana Gardiner

Pakake <3 Maori have a long association with whales. While whales provided food and utensils, they also feature in tribal traditions and were sometimes guardians on the ancestors’ canoe journeys to Aotearoa. Oral histories recall interactions between people and whales in tribal stories, carvings, specialised language and place names. There is also a wealth of tribal knowledge about whales.

Pakake <3 Maori have a long association with whales. While whales provided food and utensils, they also feature in tribal traditions and were sometimes guardians on the ancestors’ canoe journeys to Aotearoa. Oral histories recall interactions between people and whales in tribal stories, carvings, specialised language and place names. There is also a wealth of tribal knowledge about whales.

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