“For years now at my workshop it has been a practice for me to feed my sparrows, particularly in winter. I feed them wild birdseed and bread. Cheeky little souls! On closer inspection they exhibit individual personalities and have a beauty we sometimes overlook.”
A small bird of drab plumage is commonly seen up and down the coastline. In the Kwak-waka’wakw winter ceremonies, four sparrows act as informers. The sparrow was known as a messenger who would travel up and down the coast to announce gatherings and ceremonies to villages and to hunting and fishing parties scattered far from home. Sparrow brought songs down from Alaska and exchanged them for songs from the south to take back north.
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa
Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.
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