Friday, May 8, 2009
It's an understatement to say the hei tiki is making a big contemporary comeback. As I travel around NZ I'm seeing hundreds of them - in all sizes, in multiple mediums from plastic to felt to resin, glass, greenstone, rubber, wood, paper, ceramics and more. I don't know whether to be excited and pleased or shocked and appalled. I photographed these two cuties - rubber I think - at the very excellent Maori crafts gallery, Ake in Taihape.