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The Te Māori exhibition of 1983-87 explored the art and artistry of Māori and offered their secrets to a then naive New Zealand.
This catalogue is a superb reminder of the treasures that were shown to great acclaim both in New Zealand and overseas. Māori write about their myths, culture, and society, and about the meaning of the taonga (treasures) in the exhibition. The essays are fully illustrated.
More than 100 photographs take you back in time - photographs of carvings, exquisite tiki, and even a kōauau (flute) made of human bone, all tell a story.
If you missed the Te Māori exhibition, are interested in Māori history, or just delight in a story, this beautiful catalogue will capture all who read it. It is still one of the best primers about Māori culture available.