Legado Vivo Māori – Tuku Iho
Legado Vivo Māori - Tuku Iho was an exhibition of Māori artworks, carving, tattoo and performing arts held in Latin America in 2015.
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Legado Vivo Māori – Tuku Iho was an exhibition of taonga Māori (Māori artworks), whakairo (Māori carving), tā moko (Māori tattoo) and kapa haka (Māori performing arts). The exhibition contained more than 80 pieces of Māori art and craft made from wood, greenstone, bone, stone, bronze and flax. These pieces were created by past and present tutors and students of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute.
In te reo Māori, tuku iho means “to pass on”; it reflects the responsibility that Māori have to pass on their knowledge, skills, customs, values and protocols to the next generation. Legado Vivo Māori - Tuku Iho was an opportunity for Māori to take their history, art and culture abroad and interact with other cultures.
Legado Vivo Māori – Tuku Iho was shown in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Santiago, as well as at several venues in Asia and the US. The exhibition included live whakairo and tā moko demonstrations and kapa haka performances, which included a rendition of Garota de Ipanema by Tom Jobim, sung in te reo Māori. It also gave the Māori artists and performers a space to demonstrate their craft alongside indigenous artists and performers, such as the Wichí carvers in Argentina and Kayapó singers and dancers in Brazil. These interactions did more than share Māori culture; they showed solidarity among indigenous people, many of whom still struggle for their rights.
The exhibition was supported by New Zealand embassies in the host countries, as part of their aim to strengthen political and trade relationships and establish educational partnerships. It prompted New Zealand to support more cultural and linguistic exchanges between New Zealand and Brazil, and support projects by Brazilian universities that promote indigenous languages in Brazil.
Legado Vivo Māori – Tuku Iho also led to closer relationships between Māori and other indigenous peoples. For example, in Brazil, a group of 20 Kayapó and 12 Māori gave a singing and dancing performance at Museu do Índio at the Fundação Nacional dos Povos Indígenas (Brazil’s national foundation of indigenous peoples). This led the Māori group to build a vessel that the Kayapó sculpted.
Published 02 November 2023
"Legado Vivo Māori – Tuku Iho gives our artists and performers the opportunity to interact with Brazil's indigenous peoples, which generates dialogue about how we develop our cultures, the role that art plays in our societies and the importance that our cultural identities have to the wellbeing of our communities.”
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Published 02 November 2023