Story: Māori creation traditions

Retelling stories through carving

Retelling stories through carving

Carving is one way that Māori have traditionally transmitted stories about the origin and nature of the world. This photograph shows master carver Pine Taiapa working on such a carving, possibly during the 1930s or 1940s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Railways Collection (PAColl-5167)
Reference: G-3882-1/1

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How to cite this page:

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Māori creation traditions - Creation and the Māori world view', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/2443/retelling-stories-through-carving (accessed 19 April 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005