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A Whakapapa of Tradition: One Hundred Years of NgaTi Porou Carving, 1830-1930

A Whakapapa of Tradition: One Hundred Years of NgaTi Porou Carving, 1830-1930
 

From the emergence of the chapel and the wharenui in the nineteenth century to the rejuvenation of carving by Apirana Ngata in the 1920s, Maori carving went through a rapid evolution from 1830 to 1930. Focusing on thirty meeting houses, Ngarino Ellis tells the story of Ngati Poro... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781869407377
Barcode 9781869407377
Published 21 March 2016 by Auckland University Press
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Ellis, Ngarino
Illustrated by Robertson, Natalie S.

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ISBN-13 9781869407377
ISBN-10 1869407377
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Auckland University Press
Imprint Auckland University Press
Publication Date 21 March 2016
International Publication Date 1 September 2016
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Ellis, Ngarino
Illustrated by Robertson, Natalie S.
Category Award Winning
Art Of Indigenous Peoples
Carving & Carvings
AU, NZ & South Pacific Books
Maori
New Zealand & Related
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Number of Pages 328
Dimensions Width: 200mm
Height: 248mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 1,225g
Dewey Code 736.408999442
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Maori carving went through a rapid evolution from 1830 to 1930. Beginning around 1830, three dominant art traditions - war canoes, decorated storehouses and chiefly houses - declined and were replaced by whare karakia (churches), whare whakairo (decorated meeting houses) and wharekai (dining halls). In A Whakapapa of Tradition, Ngarino Ellis examines how and why that fundamental transformation took place by exploring the Iwirakau school of carving - an ancestor who lived in the Waiapu Valley around 1700, Iwirakau is credited for reinvigorating carving on the East Coast. The six major carvers of his school went on to create more than thirty important meeting houses and other structures, which Ngarino Ellis explores to tell this story of Ngati Porou carving and a profound transformation in Maori art. A Whakapapa of Tradition also attempts to make sense of Maori art history, exploring what makes a tradition in Maori art; how traditions begin and, conversely, how and why they cease. Beautifully illustrated with new photography by Natalie Robertson, and drawing on the work of key scholars to make a new synthetic whole, A Whakapapa of Tradition will be a landmark volume in the history of writing about Maori art.

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Awards Long-listed for Ockham New Zealand Book Awards - Illustrated Non-Fiction 2017

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Author's Bio

Ngarino Ellis (Ng?puhi, Ng?ti Porou) is a lecturer in the Department of Art History at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is the co-editor with Deidre Brown of Te Puna: M?ori Art from Northland (Reed, 2007), as well as the author of a number of scholarly articles. Her prime research focus is Maori art history, and she has also lectured on art crime, including theft, illicit antiquities, looting, forgery and vandalism. In 2012 she was appointed co-ordinator for the Museums and Cultural Heritage Programme in the Faculty of Arts. Ellis is a co-investigator (with Jonathan Mane-Wheoki and Deidre Brown) on the three-year Marsden Fund project 'Toi Te Mana: A History of Indigenous Art in Aotearoa New Zealand'. A Whakapapa of Tradition is based on her 2012 PhD thesis. Natalie Robertson (Ng?ti Porou, Clann Dhonnchaidh) is a photographic artist and senior lecturer at AUT University, New Zealand. Robertson has an MFA from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and is enrolled in the PhD programme at Massey University, New Zealand researching photography in Maori contexts. She has exhibited extensively in public institutions throughout New Zealand and internationally.

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