The Māori meeting house : introducing the whare whakairo / Damian Skinner

Skinner, Damian, author.
ISBN 9780994104151 Paperback / softback

This all-new guide to the whare whakairo, or decorated Māori meeting house, covers every aspect of these treasures--their history and evolution, structure and art forms, and symbolism and cultural significance. Generously illustrated with more than a hundred intriguing historical and contemporary photographs, and containing dozens of diagrams and a helpful glossary, the book clearly illustrates the parts, and the arts, of the whare whakairo with reference to numerous historical and contemporary meeting houses from all over Aotearoa New Zealand and the world. In an accessible and engaging text, author Damian Skinner brings together existing scholarship on whare whakairo with his own reflections as an art historian and curator and the voices of many carvers, artists, architects, writers, experts, and iwi to give every reader new ways of seeing these taonga. Equal parts informative history, personal essay, and illustrated guidebook, The Māori Meeting House makes an important contribution to contemporary discussions about indigenous art history and taonga Māori.


Acknowledgements -- Introduction: Encountering the Whare Whakairo -- A history of the Whare Whakairo --The arts of the Whare Whakairo -- Interpreting the Whare Whakairo -- Conclusion: Sitting on the Paepae.

Includes bibliographical references.

Wellington, New Zealand : Te Papa Press, 2016.
222 pages :colour illustrations ;25 cm
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