A son of Ranginui (Sky father) and Papatuanuku (Earth mother), Tane is the god regarded by Maori as the creator of birds, trees and other creatures of the land. After prising his clinging parents apart and bringing light to the world, Tane unsuccessfully seeks out a human female. Instead he couples with other forms of alien women and from these encounters the hundreds of different species of birds are produced. Tane then creates the trees and plants to provide his offspring with the necessary sustenance and homes to live. This sculpture symbolizes Tane Mahuta and his winged children. A highly stylized Tui bird (a renowned orator) emerges from his head.
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