Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Wheku Pendant

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  • Medium: bone, pāua (New Zealand abalone)
  • Size: 2 × 3.75 × 0.25 inches
  • Reference Code: NZ60405

Wheku is the head from a poupou (wall slab carving) and would represent a tipuna (ancestor). The patterns: haehae (grooved lines); pakati (dragon tooth notch) and when haehae lines cross over whakarare to distort. Spirals = pitau manaia = origins. The head was considered a scared part of the body, as it was the repository of knowledge and wisdom. The cord represents the hair of this kaitiaki (guardian).

Stacy Gordine

Stacy Gordine

Māori

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.”