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Ko Rongowhakaata: The Story of Light and Shadow

Ko Rongowhakaata: The Story of Light and Shadow

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  • Fri 29 Sep ’17, 10:00am


Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


Te Papa

Explore the land, people, and stories of the Rongowhakaata iwi in a stunning new exhibition at Te Papa, opening Friday 29 September 2017.

Rongowhakaata and Te Papa have worked together to create Ko Rongowhakaata: The Story of Light and Shadow. In this dramatic exhibition, discover awe-inspiring taonga (treasures), innovative contemporary art, and powerful stories of survival and tenacity.

Get to know this small, but enduring iwi from the East Coast of the North Island, whose leaders and creativity have made a big impact across Aotearoa New Zealand. See their renowned whare whakairo (carved house) Te Hau ki Tūranga in a new light – a high point of Rongowhakaata creative expression.

Explore the places important to Rongowhakaata identity and encounter leaders who sent ripples across our country’s history: master carver Raharuhi Rukupo, prophet, nationalist leader and prolific artist and composer Te Kooti, and war recruitment and social campaigner Hēni Materoa to name a few.

Rongowhakaata carvers are celebrated for their contrast of light and shadow – discover some of their most valued taonga, spanning centuries. Explore numerous contemporary art works, and learn about distinctive Rongowhakaata weaving, literary experts, and performing artists.

Kia tū rangatira ai a Rongowhakaata.
For Rongowhakaata to stand with dignity.

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