Māori Rock Art

Join a rock art curator to discover how the first people in New Zealand depicted extinct birds and trace their story as they recorded their contact with the first Europeans in drawings of ships, horses, and houses. Learn about how Māori rock art sites were connected with river systems and mahika kai (resource gathering areas). Find out about how rock art was made, recipes for paint, and techniques for carving, painting, and drawing. See how rock art is now threatened and the work done to preserve and protect it. See for yourself how rock art fits with other traditional Māori arts raranga/weaving, whakairo/carving, ta moko/tattooing, and ancient artefact styles. See how rock art has inspired contemporary Ngāi Tahu artists and how it is used by people today.

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