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Kei a Te Po Timatatanga o Te Wiatatanga Mai …


A musical instrument called the pumotomoto informs this work. Pumotomoto translates as “the fontanelle” In old times when a baby was born, the tohunga would play over the area of the child’s fontanelle. This was a transmission of generational knowledge through the medium of sound. As my partner and I are to become parents, I am interested in the sounds our baby can hear while inside the wharetangata (womb).

Israel Tangaroa Birch

Israel Tangaroa Birch


Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi

(1976- )

Israel graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design degree from the Eastern Institute of Technology in Napier, New Zealand. He is currently studying for his Master of Māori Visual Arts at Massey University in Palmerston North. Israel’s mixed-media works using a unique lacquer finish have earned him considerable attention and recognition from both his contemporaries and collectors in recent exhibitions, including “Kiwa-Pacific Connections” (2003) in Vancouver, Canada.

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