For early Maori, art was inseparable from daily life, whether it was the pattern on a sculpted spade handle or the magnificently carved prow of a war canoe. Julie Paama-Pengelly traces the evolution of art and design in historic Maori culture and brings that art to life, focusing on four major disciplines:
– Weaving and fibre arts: includes tukutuku, kitemaking, basketry, netting and clothing
– Painting and pigmentation: includes rock drawing and painting wooden objects
– Sculpture and carving: includes stone, bone, wood carving and patterning
– Architecture and structural arts: includes villages, storage and meeting houses, burial structures and bone containers.