Dedicated By Blood is the result of four years of intensive collaboration between Patricia Steur and Gordon Toi Hatfield. Their shared passion for the Māori culture resulted in beautiful photographs that not only uncover the soul of Ta Moko, but also the pride of a clan intimately revealing the artistry and essence of Gordon’s designs. The body became the “wood” for the artist and a symbol of the history of the clan and culture. This book reflects the renaissance of the Māori culture through the meaning of Ta Moko.
Gordon graduated in 1983 from the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua, winning the Sir Henry Kalliher Student of Honour Award for his talents. In the mid-1990s he earned Top Warrior status after a long training in Māori disciplines, and he is a role model for Māori youth through his support of rehabilitation projects at schools. A noted woodcarver who designed and carved traditional meeting houses, including the Auckland University meeting house Tane-nui-a-rangi, he is most known as a ta moko artist.
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