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Kuia Mau Moko: Photographs by Marti Friedlander

03 Oct 2014 - 29 May 2016

Te Papa Touring exhibition


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<P><EM>Kuia Mau Moko: Photographs by Marti Friedlander</EM> is an exhibition of 29 black and white photographs of M&#257;ori kuia, who were the last generation to receive the unbroken tradition of moko kauae in the 1920s.</P> <P>The photographs, taken in the late 60s and early 70s, to feature in historian Michael King’s book <EM>Moko - Maori Tattooing in the 20th century</EM>, were taken at a time when it was believed that the sun had set on this ancient tradition.</P> <P>The photographs tell a story of resilience, loss and sorrow for a way of life that was fast slipping away, but within two decades moko kauae would begin a quiet revival eventually seeing hundreds of M&#257;ori women proudly bearing the moko of their ancestors and reconnecting the past with the future once again. The photos were gifted to Te Papa in 2009 from the Gerrard and Marti Friedlander Charitable Trust.</P> <P>This exhibition is touring to to:</P> <P><A href="http://www.tairawhitimuseum.org.nz/">Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne</A>: 10 July - 23 August 2015</P> <P><A href="http://www.aratoi.org.nz/">Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History</A>: 18 September - 15 November 2015</P> <P><A href="http://www.rotoruamuseum.co.nz/">Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa</A>: 21 November 2015 - 17 January 2016</P> <P><A href="http://pukeariki.com/Libraries/Community-Libraries/Waitara-Library-and-Service-Centre-Te-Puna-Tuhanga">Waitara Library</A>: 27 February – 10 April 2016</P> <P><A href="http://waikatomuseum.co.nz/">Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato</A>: 23 April – 29 May 2016</P> <P><A href="http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/about/touring-exhibitions">More information about Te Papa's touring exhibitions</A></P>
Selected Works

Moerangi Ratahi. From the series: The Moko Suite

Marti Friedlander

1970

Marohia Kupe. From the series: The Moko Suite

Marti Friedlander

1970