Artists | Lenny Boonen
Lenny BoonenKai Whakairo (Graduate Carver)
- Ngāti Porou, Hauraki
Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau o Aotearoa
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The interior walls of the whare whakairo (carved meeting house) are adorned with carvings called poupou. Each poupou in a meeting house connects to a common ancestor, after whom the house was named. Spaced evenly along the inside walls, each poupou supported a rafter panel which extended from the main central ridge, reinforcing the importance […]
Played as the occasion required, flutes were personal possessions, varying greatly in both design and decoration. There are several types, each producing distinct sound. The nguru were carved from one piece of wood, whalebone or even human bone and decorated with design. They are played by blowing air from the nose directly into the flute.
Patu (meaning to strike or hit) were typically fashioned from native hardwood, whalebone or stone, including our highly valued pounamu (greenstone). Patu were often sharp at their forward edge and were used with thrusting, jabbing and swinging blows. Māori weapons are notable for their fine sculptural form and were designed for close hand-to-hand combat. No […]