Articles Archive for July 2010
Bone Carvings, Maori symbols »
The Maori fish hook is not only in demand among kayakers, boaters, surfers, and other watersports enthusiasts. Also those who are interested in indigenous cultures, especially in the Polynesian Maori culture, like myself value these carved pendants. The Maori fish hook necklace was often worn by Maori warriors during ceremonial dances and is a convincing expression of authority and power.
The spiritual and historical meaning of the Maori fish hook is appealing to many. Moreover, the level of craftsmanship expressed through these little works of art is …
Maori History, Wood Carvings »
Whakairo rakau, the Maori art of woodcarving has been a cultural vessel for centuries. The unique designs, and patterns and their meanings tell the tales of Maori history. The absence of a written language hasn’t been an impediment of passing on Maori legacy thanks to the art of carving.
Wood carvings (as well as carvings of other materials) are keepers of Maori culture. Enabling an intriguing peek in Maori history the carved objects function as archives, museums, storytellers, and ambassadors. This notion also matches with the Maori belief that a perfectly …