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Te Kiri O Tane Exhibition


Thu 23 Mar 2017, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Papakura Art Gallery, 10 Averill Street, Papakura, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

In this exhibition artist Nikau Hindin focuses on reviving traditional Māori knowledge through uncovering the practice of making Māori tapa. Traditionally the bark of the aute plant was processed into cloth, to make kohe (ear ornaments), hair bands, maro (loincloth) and manu aute (kites). Through receiving the Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship from the Auckland Museum Nikau Hindin was able to research Māori patu aute (tapa beaters).

There are 14 patu aute in Aotearoa and these beaters are the only remaining physical evidence that proves that tapa was part of Māori material culture. Nikau Hindin’s research project involves holding workshops and creating an online archive to share the knowledge of the little-known art of making aute using traditional materials.

"Relearning these practices and physically taking part in them helps us to reconnect with our tupuna and also our land." - Nikau Hindin

Hindin has also been influenced by a project to recreate the Hawaiian waka haurua Hokule’a’ and the subsequent revival of traditional voyaging and navigation in the Pacific. She has two works in the exhibition which are paintings on pieces of Hokule’a’s sail from the 1999 voyage to Rapanui. Both have navigational lines and the one has star paths, the ecliptic and constellations.

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