100 pages, 2 unnumbered pages of plates : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
TAONGA MAORI = INTRODUCTION -- The Maori people are Polynesians who discovered Aotearoa (New Zealand) about 1000 years ago -- KO WAI KOI ATE IWI MAROI = WHO ARE THE MAORI PEOPLE? -- Being a Maori is knowing who you are and where you come from -- KO TE IWI MAORI = MAORI SOCIETY -- The Maori psyche revolves around tribal roots, origins and identity -- NGA TIKANGA TUKU IHO = CUSTOMARY CONCEPTS -- The concept of tapu provided the basis for a controlled society -- TE WHENUA = THE LAND -- The physical and spiritual well-being of a Maori is linked to the land that he or she belongs to -- TE TOI WHAKAIRO = THE MAORI CARVING TRADITION -- Carving is a sacred, honoured and cherished profession -- NGA MAHI A TE WHARE PORA = WEAVING -- Maori weaving is a vehicle that can link the past to the present and the present to the future -- TE AO HURIHURI = THE EVERCHANGING WORLD -- The future of the Maori can be seen in the reassertion of cultural identity
This publication accompanied a travelling exhibition of the same name, and demonstrates the rich culture and artworks of the Maori people as an integral part of New Zealand life
"An exhibition from the collections of the National Museum of New Zealand Te Whare Taonga o Aotearoa'