“Histories are always made and remade, not in isolated gestures of acting and writing, but in the imagining of acts and the reception of texts.”
– Nicholas Thomas, Cook’s Sites: Revisiting History, 1999
William Hodges was the official artist aboard the Resolution, which spent five weeks at Tamatea (Dusky Sound) in the autumn of 1773. The crew’s stay was marked by a brief, peaceful encounter with southern Māori. First-hand accounts suggest it was amicable and involved mutual curiosity.
The encounter is the subject of a painting by William Hodges, acquired by Te Papa in 2019. This exhibition presents Hodges’ painting in conversation with taonga
taongacultural treasuresMāori | noun and artworks. Together, they speak to the legacies – artistic, scientific, and cultural – generated by this first meeting.
“Ko ngā tāhūhū kōrero ka waihangahia, ā, ka hangaia anōtia, ehara i te mea i te whakaari, i te tuhituhi taratahi, engari kē ia i te auahatanga o te whakaaro i ngā mahi, me te rirohanga mai o ngā tuhinga.”
– Nicholas Thomas, Ngā Tauranga o Cook: He Hokinga Hītori, 1999
Ko William Hodges te kaitoi matua kai te Resolution, e rima wiki te roa o tāhana noho ki Tamatea (Dusky Sound) i te kahuru o te tau 1773. Tētahi āhuatanga i whakamahara ai tēnei noho, ko tā rātou tūtaki ki te Māori o te tonga. E ai ki ngā kōrero ake o taua wā, he tūtakinga mārie, ā, rite tou te manawareka o tētahi ki tētahi.
Ko te tūtakitanga nei te pūtake o tētahi whakaahua nā te kaitoi o te kaipuke, nā William Hodges, i riro ai i a Te Papa tēnei whakaahua i te tau 2019. Ko te whakaaturanga nei ka whakaatu i te whakaahua o Hodges hai matapakinga i te rerekētanga o te taonga i te mahi toi. Ka kōrerohia e ēnei mea e rua ngā tukunga ihotanga ā-toi, ā-pūtaiao, ā-ahurea i puta atu ai i tēnei tūtakinga tuatahi.Close te reo Māori text