Story: Whakairo – Māori carving

Felling a tree for carving, 1974

Listen to Waikato elder Piri Poutapu reciting an ancient karakia in preparation for felling a giant tōtara in 1974. The massive log was then carved into the hull of a war canoe. This was one of the very few traditional carved canoes made in the 20th century, until a revival of canoe-building around 1990.

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Brett Graham, 'Whakairo – Māori carving - Carving materials and techniques', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by Brett Graham, published 22 Oct 2014