While we were staying in Rotorua we visited Te Puia where, besides beautiful geothermal pools and geysers, you can also visit the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, established in the 1920s to keep traditional māori arts and crafts alive and teach them to future generations. There’s weaving, wood, stone and bone carving. It was great to see the students at work and learn more about these art forms. I would have been more than happy to stick around longer and just admire the craftsmanship!
As part of the evening tour you also get to see a māori performance, which includes dance, songs and storytelling. One of the most famous dances performed which inspired this drawing is the haka, described in Wikipedia as follows:
The haka is a ceremonial dance or challenge in Māori culture. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment. Although commonly associated with the traditional battle preparations of male warriors, haka have long been performed by both men and women,and several varieties of the dance fulfil social functions within Māori culture. Haka are performed to welcome distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals.
War haka (peruperu) were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition. Various actions are employed in the course of a performance, including facial contortions such as showing the whites of the eyes (pūkana), and poking out the tongue (whetero, performed by men only)
The background is based on tāniko weaving patterns found on māori clothes, mats, cloaks, etc. More info: https://www.heaokotahi.co.nz/blog-1/2017/7/5/ep...
I'm Nélida Zubia, an artist from Gran Canaria, Spain, based in Oxford, UK. I love travelling and capturing with bright bold colours how diverse the world is: different landscapes, flora and fauna, traditional clothing, performing arts, etc.
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