Whakairo: past knowledge and new horizons

We are linked to our ancestors by blood and by spirit, by living histories and by ancient art forms. It is these elements that ensure that I hold the mantle of whakairo (the ancient art of woodcarving) in both hands with the respect and care that it commands. This way, I might hold onto the past knowledge and wisdom in one hand and I might explore new horizons with the other.” ~ Roi Toia, Maori artist
(quoted, p.27 Manawa: italics in original)

Ref: Nigel Reading and Gary wyatt (2006) Manawa: Pacific Heartbeat: A Celebration of Contemporary Maori & Northwest Coast Art. Douglas & McIntyre: Vancouver/Toronto; University of Washington Press: Seattle; Reed Books: Auckland


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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