Te Iti o Mootai Tangata Rau – Waka Maumahara
recycled rimu, albatross feathers, paaua shell, acrylic, Oil
3380 x 400 x 300 mm
Te iti o Mootai Tangata Rauâ€ has been created in the form of a contemporary Waka Maumahara, a cenotaph that stands as a memorial to those multitudes descended of Raukawa, who have gone before us and now reside in the realm of Hine-nui-te-poo. Our forebearâ€™s whose hopes and aspirations for the future of Ngaati Raukawa were past to their descendants, generation to generation so they would become repositories and keepers of an ancient knowledge. A knowledgebase which evolved out of the creation of mankind, as spoken of by our forefathers. It evolved over eons in time until finally Western Science appeared on the horizon.
From the first appearance of Western Society on the horizon to present, there has been much turmoil and relocation, also times where people have prospered. And throughout the onslaught of time the celestial/terrestrial knowledge of the ancient ones has survived, to give an understanding of the elements which separated to form the environment that we are a part off. From this understanding of the past, we the present generation of Ngaati Raukawa are able to gain an insight into current issues that surround us. From this insight we can gain solutions to and construct vessels for future generations to travel on into their future.
Te iti o Mootai Tangata Rauâ€ stands as a celebration and challenge for the present generation of Ngaati Raukawa, who live in the tribal regions of Raukawa ki Panehakua, Raukawa ki Wharepuuhunga, Raukawa ki Te Kaokaoroa a Paatetere, Te Pae o Raukawa and in more recent history Raukawa ki Te Tonga, who are at the present keepers of the home fires, on those ancestral lands.
Waka Maumahara: A canoe used as a cenotaph for deceased leaders, a glimpse into the past for future generations.
Haumi waka: A system of technology devised for canoe construction to bind sections of Maaori canoes, also metaphorically when connecting tribal genealogies. In this instance symbolic of technology past/ present/ future.
Rau Toroa: Albatross feathers were used to add another dimension to Te iti o Mootai Tangata Rau as in days of old when Albatross feathers were attached to items such as waka maumahara (cenotaphs), waka taua (war canoes), the feathers along with appropriate incantation would activate inanimate objects and allow such objects/structures to become portals to distant realms. Title: Te Iti o Mootai Tangata Rau
Wheku: Two face masks symbolic of the primeval parents Rangi-nui (sky father) and Papa-tua-nuku (earth mother), who after much fighting by their offspring were parted.
Kotiate: The stylized lugs of the Koti-ate (short hand weapon) can be seen midway on Te iti o Mootai. This is in remembrance of the battle fought between the offspring of Rangi-nui and Papa-tua-nuku prior to there, enforced separation.
Puhoro: Symbolic of the environmental/spiritual life forces that are contained within the many mountains ranges and water ways that flow from the tribal boundaries of Ngaati Raukawa.