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Poupou

Wood Carving

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Lenny Boonen Kai Whakairo (Graduate Carver)
Ngāti Porou, Hauraki
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590mm x 245mm x 45mm
2806LB
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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 of whakapapa (genealogy) to the living generations.