Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Ipu Pakaurua

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This vessel features designs that represent two pakaurua or whai (stingrays) which are kaitiaki (guardians) in Hokianga harbour and on the west coast south to Waipoua.

Manos Nathan

Manos Nathan

Manos Nathan

Māori

Te Roroa, Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi

(1948-2015)

Since the mid-1980s, Manos has been at the forefront of the Māori ceramic movement. He is co-founder of Nga Kaihanga Uku, the national Māori clayworkers’ organization, although his background is in woodcarving and sculpture. (He carved the meeting house at Matatina Marae, Waipoua Forest, on his tribal lands.) His clay works draw on customary art forms and on the Māori cosmological and creation narratives. In 1989, he travelled to the United States on a Fulbright grant to visit Native American potters. A reciprocal visit took place in 1991.