Story: Perceptions of the landscape

Māori whare, 1870s

Māori whare, 1870s

This family is standing outside a whare puni (small communal sleeping house) at Mangaakuta, near Masterton. The story of the demigod Māui fishing up the North Island from a waka (canoe) has been painted on the house’s bargeboards. Landscapes were seldom pictured directly in Māori art.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, James Bragge Collection
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Photograph by James Bragge

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Jock Phillips, 'Perceptions of the landscape - Ways of looking', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 June 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007