Carved Histories: Rotorua Ngāti Tarawhai Carving

Roger Neich

Availability: No longer in print or stock
Format: Paperback
Pages: 450
Published: 2001
Specs: 26.0cm x 18.5cm
ISBN: 9781869404260

Carved Histories, the companion volume to Roger Neich’s Painted Histories is now available in paperback for the first time. Carved Histories is the classic account of one of the most influential traditions of Māori wood carving in New Zealand. It pieces together the history of Ngāti Tarawhai carving from pre-European times to the present day and analyses the personalities, families, and social changes that shaped the work. Carved Histories includes biographies of key carvers, a list of all known Ngāti Tarawhai carvings, maps and genealogies as well as black and white and colour illustrations.


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Carved Histories is a book I recommend to anyone interested in Maori, Pacific or indigenous art; to anyone intrigued or excited by art theory; to anyone who has ever admired the rampant beauty of Te Puawai o Te Arawa, or considered the edged intricacies of a carved walking staff. To anyone who wonders about being Maori, being pakeha, being kiwi – being here; this is another perspective for you, and it is a significant one. – Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, Art New Zealand