A major exhibition of Maori culture in San Francisco

A major exhibition of Maori culture will spend 11 days in San Francisco from August 4, featuring world class contemporary and traditional Maori art. The event includes works by Kaipara artists Colleen Urlich, Alex Nathan, Manos Nathan and Bernard Makoare.

At the «Toi Maori: Art from the Maori people of New Zealand» exhibition Maori culture and Native North Americans’ culture will mingle and provide opportunity to further relations between the two.

An 8m waka, built by Northland’s Hec Busby, and transported to San Francisco will be welcomed by native North American canoes. Te Puia kapa haka group will perform and The Maori Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu will present a feather cloak to the city. The major exhibition «Te Aho Mutunga Kore: The Eternal Thread» includes traditional and contemporary Maori weaving and is the first major weaving exhibition to go overseas. It will be supported by demonstrations of moko and contemporary Maori three dimensional arts.

Silversmith Alex Nathan, who uses Hopi Indian overlay techniques in silver with traditional Maori design motifs will present five pieces on show, while Manos Nathan and Colleen Urlich will contribute ceramic vessels. Bernard Makoare will demonstrate the making and playing of taonga puoro, traditional musical instruments.

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