Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Hei Waka Huia • Treasure Box Pendant


  • Medium: whalebone
  • Size: 0.75 × 3.75 × 1 inches
  • Reference Code: K120204

“Miniature version in pendant form (Hei) of a carved wooden treasure box (Wakahuia). The waka (vessel) being a container for spiritual rather than physical elements. Depicted on this Wakahuia is the separation of the primal parents Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatuanuku (Earth Mother) featured at each end and the surface patterns the world of light created from this separation. Partly inspired also by the “Soul Catcher” pendants of the Pacific Northwest Coast.”

Stacy Gordine

Stacy Gordine


Ngāti Porou

(1970- )

“I have been fortunate enough to have a supportive family and met many inspiring people in my life who have encouraged me to follow my talents and passion. My father, a woodcarver himself, imparted his knowledge of woodcraft plus provided a creative environment and stories of my great-uncles Pine and John Taiapa, who were Tohunga Whakairo. I have always respected and been inspired by the artistic achievements by indigenous artisans in Aotearoa and throughout the world.”