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Christchurch Arts Festival: Rama Tuna


Wed 9 Sep 2015, 12:00am
Thu 10 Sep 2015, 12:00am
Fri 11 Sep 2015, 12:00am
Sat 12 Sep 2015, 12:00am
Sun 13 Sep 2015, 12:00am

Where: The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: CHCHArtsFest

This stunning new sculptural installation by well-known Canterbury artist Priscilla Cowie honours ‘Tuna’, the long finned eel.

Inspired by Ngāi Tahu stories and customs surrounding mahinga kai – traditional food gathering practices and use of natural resources – ‘Rama Tuna’ brings alive the excitement of going eeling with rama or fire torches.

Fire elements surrounding the installation connect this work to the continuing legacy of tipuna (ancestors).

Rama Tuna highlights the cultural significance, and sense of belonging Ngāi Tahu has to the Ōtākaro, the Avon River, a key mahinga kai site for eeling in Ōtautahi, Christchurch.

Ko Ngāi Tahu ki Puketeraki,

ko Ngāpuhi, ko Ngāti Kahu ngā iwi

Priscilla Cowie’s tribal affiliations are Ngāi Tahu in the South, to Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Kahu in the Far North. Her Pakeha ancestors originate from Scotland, Ireland and France. She was born and raised in Te Waipounamu (South Island).

Primarily a painter, Priscilla Cowie has completed several commissions for Te Rūnanga ō Ngāi Tahu, including the seven bronze eels situated outside the Christchurch Civic building.

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