MAORI261-18B (HAM)

He Taonga Tuku Iho: Evolving Maori and Pacific Art

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Paper Description

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He kaupapa tēnei hei wānanga i ngā huarahi maha ka taea te whai, mō ngā mahi toi ā kuia mā, ā koro mā. Kei konei ngā kōrero whakaata atu i ngā taonga tuku iho, i te mahi tārai whare, mahi tārai waka; i te waituhi, i te raranga harakeke, i te whatu kākahu, i te whakairo rākau, whēua, kōhatu; i te tā moko, huri noa ki te āhuatanga o te ao hurihuri nei. He huarahi anō hoki kei tēnei akoranga hei: wānanga kaupapa, tirohanga tāonga, whiriwhiri kōrero hoki. Nōreira, e te hunga whai mātauranga, nau mai, haere mai, piki mai!

Welcome to you all, about to take this paper He Taonga Tuku Iho : Evolving Māori and Pacific Art. Together we will travel along a path of knowledge to enhance our learning about and appreciation of the arts legacy of the Māori and Pacific peoples. Bring your own baskets of knowledge and experience, along with an open heart, to enjoy the creative genius of the ancestors.

This paper is an introduction to the understanding and appreciation of Māori and Pacific art, beginning with taonga tuku iho – ancient manufactured forms and traditional cultural expressions then on to contemporary expressions of our arts today.

The aim of the course is to:

  • examine and reflect upon a deeper appreciation and understanding of traditional Māori art as it evolves in the Māori world today.
  • consider aspects of Pacific arts and the connections of arts and peoples
  • critically consider the changes that have taken place over time and through exposure to external influences and consider the relevant issues pertaining to Māori and Pacific artforms.
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Paper Structure

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We will consider some of the social, cultural, spiritual and political influences that shape the tāonga we will be studying. This is a B semester paper. There are 3 contact hours per week consisting of one two-hour lecture/discussion/workshop and a one one hour tutorial.

The paper is taught primarily through the medium of English.

The information to complete this paper will be delivered in two ways.

First - through a series of lectures, and hands on workshops.

Second – in lectures and tutorials and you will learn techniques, discuss ideas, and learn in a group setting where your own observations, experiences and readings are valued.

Third - through a programme of directed reading and site visits which should feed into in-class workshops and assignments.

You are warmly encouraged to attend all tutorials and any field trips, as these will provide hands on experience of the role of Art in the Māori world and beyond.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • 1. Identify and discuss different forms of traditional Māori art, their media, their basic manufacture and their origins.
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  • 2. Explore Pacific art and artists, identify key symbolism and media used.
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  • 3. Consider the iwi or hapu origins and provenance of tāonga tuku iho, with particular reference to certain elements and styles.
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  • 4. Compare and contrast some traditional and contemporary art forms as they have evolved in Aotearoa.
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  • 5. Identify some social issues affected arts practice and discourse.
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There is no examination in this course. It is internally assessed by way of four components. Attendance is also a factor. There are TWO tests, only ONE written assignment, and an oral/seminar presentation. Please note that to PASS you must DO ALL FOUR components.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Essay on an Artist
17 Jul 2018
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Public Art Seminar
2 Oct 2018
No set time
  • Presentation: In Class
3. Visual Research Diary
8 Oct 2018
No set time
  • Hand-in: Department Office
4. Participation - on-going throughout the course
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Readings will be uploaded weekly and should be read before each lecture.

Te Māori; Māori Art from NZ Collections (1984)

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Recommended Readings

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Brunt, P. and Thomas, N. (2012) Art in Oceania A New History London, Thames and Hudson

Brown, D, and Ellis, N.(2007) Te Puna : Maori Art from Tai Tokerau Northland Auckland, Raupo

Day, K. (2001) Maori Woodcarving of the Taranaki Region. Auckland, Reed

Ihimaera, W.,et al (2005) Mata Ora : the Living Face : Contemporary Maori Artists. Auckland, David Bateman

Evans, E. and Ngarimu, R. (2005) The Art of Maori Weaving : the Eternal Thread Te Aho Mutunga Kore. Wellington, Huia Press

Hamilton, A. (1901) Maori Art : the Art Workmanship of the Maori Race in New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand Institute

Herle, A. (2002). Pacific art: persistence,change, and meaning. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.

Mead, S.M. (ed.) (1986) Te Maori Maori Art from New Zealand Collections

Auckland, Heinemann

Neich, R. (1993) Painted Histories. Early Maori Figurative Painting. Auckland, Auckland University Press

Neich, R. (2001) Carved Histories. Rotorua Ngati Tarawhai Woodcarving. Auckland, Auckland University Press

Newell, J. (2011). Pacific art in detail. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Papa Press.

Paama-Pengelly, J.,(2010) Māori Art and Design, Weaving, painting, carving and architecture. Auckland, New Holland Publishers

Pendergrast, M. (1994) Te Aho Tapu the Sacred Thread. Auckland, Reed Methuen

Puketapu-Hetet, E. (1989) Maori Weaving. Auckland, Pitman

Peterson, G., Global Arts Link, & Pacific Age Art. (2000). Island crossings: Contemporary Māori and Pacific art from Aotearoa New Zealand.Queensland, Australia: Global Arts Link.

Starzecka, D. (ed.) (1996) Maori Art and Culture. London, The British Museum Press

Stevenson, K. & Webb, V. (2007). Re-presenting Pacific art: Essay from the Pacific Arts Association Sixth Inernational Symposium, July 23-28. 2001. Adelaide, Aust: Crawford House.

Stevenson, K, (2008). The frangipani is dead : contemporary Pacific art in New Zealand, 1985 - 2000. Wellington, New Zealand: Huia.

Tamarapa, A. (ed) (2011) Whatu Kakahu : Maori Cloaks. Wellington, Te Papa Press.

Tapsell P. (2006) Ko Tawa : Māori Treasures of New Zealand. Auckland, David Bateman

Te Awekotuku, N et al (2007) Mau Moko : the world of Maori tattoo. Auckland, Penguin Viking

Thomas, N.T., (1995)Oceanic Art London, Thames and Hudson

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Online Support

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This paper is supported by video and readings weekly on Moodle. You will need to access Moodle to collect these resources

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This is an undergraduate 200 level course that is assessed throughout the entire semester. It is a 15 point paper with an expected workload of 150 hours over the semester. There are three contact hours weekly. Students are expected to attend sessions and complete the required readings, and workshop exercises. Your workload will be easier to manage if you review your lecture materials – notes and handouts, read often and widely, and give yourself lots of time for your assignments. If in doubt, come and see the lecturer. Attendance - a register is taken, and remember it is worth TEN 10 marks! Class meets twice a week. You should schedule about 9 to10 hours a week on this course on top of attending lectures, this includes reading, thinking, writing, looking at art, keeping up with the Moodle resources.

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Prerequisite papers: MAORI102 or TIKA163




Restricted papers: TIKA211 and ARTH205

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