This blog provides a visual-verbal snapshot of Maori culture and contemporary Maori lifestyles in modern New Zealand. It presents my own experiences and observations of Maori culture and is not intended in anyway to be the definitive view on all things Maori, but rather an introduction for those who want to know more about Maori culture and its place in everyday bicultural New Zealand.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Hooks and Chisels
" Rei matua, hei taonga e mau noa ana ki te tane/wahine ranei.
Purehurehu, Wahapu o Otago Fish-hook breast pendants (hei matau) are stylised fish hooks meant only for ornamental use.
Pahia and Haywards Point, Otago Peninsula
Pleasant River Mouth, North Otago.
I mahia nga whao, ahakoa te rahi, kia whaowhao i nga whakairo tino uaua
Chisels (flat blades) and gouges (curved blades) of all sizes and profiles were specially developed for the production of intricate woodcarving.
Whareakeake, Otago Heads." Notes from Otago Museum exhibition display.