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A Whakapapa of Tradition: One Hundred Yeats of Ngati Porou Carving, 1830-1930

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ISBN: 9781869407377
Author(s): Ngarino Ellis
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2016
Publisher: Auckland University Press
Pages: 328

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From the emergence of the chapel and the wharenui in the nineteenth century to the rejuvenation of carving by Apirana Ngata in the 1920s, M?ori carving went through a rapid evolution from 1830 to 1930. Focusing on thirty meeting houses, Ngarino Ellis tells the story of Ng?ti Porou carving and a profound transformation in M?ori art. Beginning around 1830, three previously dominant art traditions - waka taua (war canoes), p?taka (decorated storehouses) and whare rang?tira (chief's houses) - declined and were replaced by whare karakia (churches), whare whakairo (decorated meeting houses) and wharekai (dining halls). Ellis examines how and why that fundamental transformation took place by exploring the Iwir?kau School of carving, based in the Waiapu Valley on the East Coast of the North Island. An ancestor who lived around the year 1700, Iwir?kau is credited for reinvigorating the art of carving in the Waiapu region. The six major carvers of his school went on to create more than thirty important meeting houses and other structures.
During this transformational period, carvers and patrons re-negotiated key concepts such as tikanga (tradition), tapu (sacredness) and mana (power, authority) - embedding them within the new architectural forms whilst preserving rituals surrounding the creation and use of buildings. A Whakapapa of Tradition tells us much about the art forms themselves but also analyses the environment that made carving and building possible: the p Please click here to ask a question
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