The tiki is a form in Maori society that talks about whakapapa (genealogy). It is this knowledge that will connect oneself to people and places. These places are important like mountains, rivers, lakes, coastline and land. This tiki has notches which represent elements of the kakano (seeds) of the next seven generations. It is whakapapa that connect those kakano back to these important places that they can also call their turangawaewae (homeland).
Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Whanau a Apanui, Ngāi Tahu
Lewis Gardiner is regarded as one of the most innovative and respected Māori jade artists of his generation. In 1994, he graduated in Māori Craft and Design at the Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. During his final year he was introduced to the valuable medium of pounamu (jade) and was immediately attracted to its artistic possibilities. Māori had always valued pounamu for both its hardness and for its translucent beauty. Lewis was no different — as he says, “Our tupuna (ancestors) have given us, the Māori people, the resource and knowledge base to provide a reference for us and our children for years to come.”
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