Author: Huhana Smith
Publication Date: April 2011
Explore the richness of Māori culture – dynamic, diverse, and politically strong – through the ancestral treasures, contemporary art, and stories of New Zealand’s indigenous people.
Based on Te Papa’s exhibition, E Tū Ake: Māori Standing Strong is an eye-opening and highly accessible account of the Māori world, both traditional and modern.
The book showcases Te Papa’s most prized ancestral taonga (treasures) – carvings, jewellery, weaponry, and more. A superb selection of contemporary works reveals the vibrancy of current Māori art practice. A clear and compelling account of key ideas underlying Māori creative and political expression today – mana, whakapapa, kaitiakitanga, tino rangatiratanga – completes the book.