Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Putarino • Flute


Hine Raukatauri is the deity of flute music, particularly associated with the putarino, whose shape echoes that of the casemoth sack, Hine Raukatauri manifestation in this reality — of humankind. The casemoth female does not fly, but when ready to mate sends out a flute-like call to the beautiful pale-green males, and that flute-like call is the reason this ancient deity is associated with this particular moth.

Kerry Kapua Thompson

Kerry Kapua Thompson


Ngāti Paoa

(1967- )

Kerry has been carving for twenty-two years in many materials and is possibly the leading artist working in bone. Although he attended a diploma course in Māori design at Waiariki Polytechnic in Rotorua and learned from Hepi Maxwell, Rex Christianson and other artists working in the same materials, his style of carving and two-tone staining process are uniquely his own.