E Tu Ake

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E Tu Ake

Huhana Smith

Publisher:Te Papa Press

Based on a unique exhibition of the customary and contemporary taonga (treasures) of Maori, E Tu Ake: Standing Strong presents New Zealand's indigenous people as a culture that is dynamic, diverse, politically strong and globally engaged. This book includes images and descriptions of over 100 of the most impressive, highly valued ancestral taonga in the museum's collections - from a carved whare tupuna (ancestral meeting house) to a waka whakamaumaharatanga (canoe cenotaph); from unique jewellery to customary hand-held weaponry, tools, and finely woven cloaks. Alongside these ancestral treasures are more than 50 images of contemporary art works, objects, historical photographs, digital media installations and personal stories. Together, they portray a contemporary, indigenous culture of great artistic depth. In highly accessible language, E Tu Ake tells the story of Maori and introduces the concepts that underpin the Maori world view - concepts like mana, whakapapa and kaitiakitanga - as well as exploring the historical struggle for tino rangatiratanga, or self-determination, that continues to drive Maori creative and political expression today.

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