Tohunga Whakairo

This major biography by Ranginui Walker traces Paki Harrison's life and work, describing in detail the conception, carving and building of several significant meeting houses.

Tohunga Whakairo

Tohunga Whakairo

ART OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES. Paki Harrison is widely regarded as New Zealand's greatest living master carver, a man with a huge reputation as a leading tohunga of the art form. He possesses immense knowledge about the traditional arts of the carver, extending way beyond the actual physical arts to include its most ancient aspects - the symbolism contained in Maori art, to its role in transmitting old tribal history. He has also taught and written extensively on the art of the tohunga whakairo. This major biography by Ranginui Walker, himself a well-known public figure, traces Paki Harrison's life and work, from his privileged upbringing in the Ngati Porou household of his grandmother, where he was singled out for special training. The carving and building of several big meeting houses is described in detail, from the inside.

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