Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Rangiriri Te Hautupua IV


Rangiriri is a guardian who warns of impending danger or disaster. When our tupuna (ancestors) migrated from the far north to occupy the Wairoa River region, they sent their tohunga (experts adept in the occult arts) back north to “fetch” Rangiriri.

Manos Nathan

Manos Nathan


Te Roroa, Ngāti Whātua, Ngā Puhi


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.