The importance of older people within the whānau (extended family), especially their role in nurturing the young, is conveyed in this early 20th-century painting, ‘The time of kai’, by Gottfried Lindauer. All generations, from elders to young children and babies, gather near the hāngī (earth oven) to partake of eel, kūmara and shellfish.
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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Oil on canvas by Gottfried Lindauer, 1907
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