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E Nga Uri Whakatupu. Weaving Legacies: Dame Rangimarie Hetet

E Nga Uri Whakatupu. Weaving Legacies: Dame Rangimarie Hetet

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When:

  • Mon 21 Jul ’14, 10:00am

Where:

Waikato Museum, 1 Grantham St, Hamilton

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

An extraordinary collection of traditional Maaori kaakahu (cloaks) and weaving from five generations of one family is now a major exhibition at Waikato Museum.

E Nga Uri Whakatapu is a tribute to the life achievements of Dame Rangimarie Hetet (1892 – 1995) and her daughter Diggeress Te Kanawa (1920 -2009), (Ngaati Maniapoto, Ngaati Kinohaku) tohunga of mahi raranga whatu (traditional Maaori weaving experts).

These remarkable women are acknowledged as New Zealand’s finest traditional Maaori weavers. Their generosity of spirit and passion for the revival of Maaori women’s arts gave new life to traditional Maaori weaving in Aotearoa.

The Hetet and Te Kanawa collection comprises more than 75 individual pieces and this is the first time the collection can be seen in one exhibition. The collection will be presented in two parts for the course of the exhibition.

E Nga Uri Whakatupu also acknowledges other Maaori weavers, such as Emily Schuster and the role of the Māori Women’s Welfare League and Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa (National Māori Weavers Collective).

Image: Detail, Kahu Kaka, Kahu Kura, (cloak), Diggeress Rangituatahi Te Kanawa, Hetet/Te Kanawa Collection, Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato.

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