Carving is an ancient art form that has been passed down from generation to generation. Developed long before Māori took up writing, carving records genealogy, establishes a tribe's identity, records historical events, preserves stories and communicates Māori knowledge.
This photograph-rich book describes the process of carving, covering the types of materials and tools used, the carving strokes and surface patterns and different regional styles. It shows the range of items carved from meeting houses to musical instruments, waka or canoes, storehouses, weapons and ceremonial items, such as boxes and staffs, and gives detailed information on the carving of wharenui or meeting houses at the epitome of the carver's art.
Part of a series of books produced with Te Puia, other titles available are Geothermal Treasures: Māori Living with Heat and Steam, Marae: The Heart of Māori Culture and Māori Weaving: The Art of Creating Māori Textiles.
July 1, 2015
160 x 250 mm
ISBN (Soft Cover)
"The text of each book is clear, concise and easy to read. Photographs make up a large part of each book. These photographs are magnificent! The production values throughout are high...Although these are not large books, they manage to include a great deal of information. Perhaps with the others in the series they would make a fine introduction to Maori culture for many people..."
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