Māori Carving: The Art of Recording Māori History

By Huia Publishers

Māori Carving: The Art of Recording Māori History


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Carving is an ancient art form that has been passed down from generation to generation. Developed long before Māori took up writing, carving records genealogy, establishes a tribe’s identity, records historical events, preserves stories and communicates Māori knowledge.

This photograph-rich book shows and describes the process of carving, covering the types of materials and tools used, the carving strokes and surface patterns and different regional styles. It shows the range of items carved from meeting houses to musical instruments, waka or canoes, storehouses, weapons and ceremonial items, such as boxes and staffs, and gives detailed information on the carving of wharenui or meeting houses – the epitome of the carver’s art.

Part of a series of books produced with Te Puia, also available are the titles Geothermal Treasures: Māori Living with Heat and SteamMarae: The Heart of Māori Culture and Māori Weaving: The Art of Creating Māori Textiles.


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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781775501916
  • Dimension: 160 x 250 mm
  • Pages: 54
  • Format: Softback
  • Language: English
  • Publication Date: 01 Jul 2015

Product Review

"The text of each book is clear, concise and easy to read. Photographs make up a large part of each book. These photographs are magnificent! The production values throughout are high...Although these are not large books, they manage to include a great deal of information. Perhaps with the others in the series they would make a fine introduction to Maori culture for many people..."Gordon Findlay - Booksellers

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About the Author

Huia Publishers

This book was either translated or put together by staff of Huia Publishers. The stories in our Huia Short Stories collections are written by various Māori authors who have been selected as finalists in the short story in Māori or English, or novel extract sections in our biennial Pikihuia Awards writing competition. Read more about Huia Publishers... Read More