Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
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Tane Mahuta (A Celebration of the Creative Process)

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Tane Mahuta (God of the Forests) oversees the fertility of the land, bird life and the great forests that once stretched from shoreline to shoreline. This sculpture depicts and personifies Tane Mahuta, whose resources are the raw materials of the creative process.

(cape woven by Atareta Marsh)

Roi Toia

Roi Toia

Māori

Ngā Puhi

(1966- )

Roi was born and raised in Southland province in the South Island of New Zealand, although his whakapapa (genealogy) is the Te Mahurehure hapu (sub-tribe) from the Hokianga in Northland on the North Island. In 1983, he received a three-year apprenticeship to the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua, where he learned to carve with the adze and chisel and graduated with honours. He has carved on four whare whakairo (carved houses), which fuelled his passion for perfecting the technical aspects of his art and led him to learn about the ideology and spiritual aspects of carving.