Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Kete of Cultures


All materials were gifted to my mother, Matekino Lawless and I, by Willie White during our visit to Spirit Wrestler Gallery for the Manawa exhibition in February 2006. In gifting this material, Willie’s passing comments were, “I would like to know what you can create from this material.” My mother and I didn’t really discuss what we could create collaboratively, so I pursued to create this beautiful Kete of Cultures, incorporating elements from Halaaydm Hanaa’nax (Women of Great Power) Apron in the Manawa exhibition, made by Willie White. Showing evidence of two different and intricately woven sides depicts the Kete of Cultures. The simplicity of one side acknowledges the skill and application of a technique and the other acknowledges the triangle of the Pacific Rim, which unites and respects the tribal affiliation of both cultures.

—Christina Wirihana

Christina Hurihia Wirihana

Christina Hurihia Wirihana


Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Pikiao

(1949- )

Christina is a master weaver and has been weaving for more than forty years. She attributes her knowledge to many people, especially her mother, Matekino Lawless, who is also a weaver and has been her strongest support and mentor. Christina is grounded in the traditional weaving techniques but has moved towards more contemporary forms. She continues to push the traditional boundaries of weaving, using materials such as glass, copper, stainless steel, wood and Perspex.