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A WHAKAPAPA OF TRADITION: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NGATI POROU CARVING, 1830-1930. Ngarino Ellis. Auckland University Press, 2016. 304 pp. with 141 ills. (120 col.). 26 x 21 cm. ISBN 9781869407377 In English.
Publisher's description: 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 Porou carving and a profound transformation in Maori art. Beginning around 1830, three previously dominant art traditions -- waka taua (war canoes), pataka (decorated storehouses) and whare rangatira (chief's houses) -- declined and were replaced by whare karakia (churches), whare whakairo (decorated meeting houses) and wharekai (dining halls). Ellis examines how and why that fundamental transformation took place by exploring the Iwirakau School of carving, based in the Waiapu Valley on the East Coast of the North Island. What makes a tradition in Maori art? Ellis asks. How do traditions begin? Who decides this? Conversely, how and why do traditions cease? And what forces are at play which make some buildings acceptable and others not? Beautifully illustrated with new photography by Natalie Robertson, and drawing on the work of key scholars to make a new synthetic whole, this book will be a landmark volume in the history of writing about Maori art.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Oceania — New Zealand — Sculpture
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 173675
Hardcover $69.99x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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