Image courtesy of Ngamata Skipper.

Image courtesy of Ngamata Skipper.

Ngamata Skipper: Waiata Poi

Tai Moana Tai Tangata: A Taranaki Tribal Perspective
  • Thu 8 Apr 2021
  • 6—8PM
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre
  • Free
  • Limited Tickets
  • Booking Essential
  • Refreshments provided

Poi are often considered in the context of entertainment or cultural performance, but for Ngā Iwi o Taranaki they take on a greater significance in terms of history and status. An ancient art, Poi in Taranaki regained popularity at Parihaka, imbued with an oral narrative of identity and justice, and of resistance.

Traditional poi dances were amended to carry lessons of warning and protection against colonial invasion. They carry the messages that Brett Graham talks to in this exhibition and provide answers to our shared future.

Tai Moana Tai Tangata – A Taranaki Tribal Perspective is a four-part speaker series extending on the themes of Tai Moana Tai Tangata, bringing a Taranaki lens to continue the exhibition’s narrative. This after hours speaker event offers an opportunity for the Taranaki community to come together to kōrero, and hear from local speakers on nationally significant topics. Other events in the series include; Wharehoka Wano on Te Kingitanga and Ngā Iwi o Taranaki, Dr Ruakere Hond on Kiwai Kete and Bishop Philip Richardson on the Cathedral Church of St Marys.



Watch the previous events in this series:

The opening pōwhiri for Brett Graham's exhibition <i>Tai Moana Tai Tangata</i>.
Image: Neil Pardington.

The opening pōwhiri for Brett Graham's exhibition Tai Moana Tai Tangata.
Image: Neil Pardington.

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