Before Farming

The history and future of New Zealand Maori rock-art – a tribal perspective

Before Farming (2003), 2003, (1), 1–9.

Abstract

Colonisation, dispossession, land claims and cultural resurgence. These are all phases in the recent colonial and post-colonial history of New Zealand Maori rock-art. The greatest concentration of this rock-art is found on New Zealand's South Island and was made by the ancestors of the Ngai Tahu Whanui tribe. Rock-art represents a visual art heritage for a people who have not maintained the Maori wood carving traditions for which the North Island tribes are renowned. With a view to protecting the works of our ancestors and enriching the lives of present and future generations, Ngai Tahu Whanui is today at the fore of exploring inclusive ways to research, document, manage and promote Maori rock-art.

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O'Regan, Gerard

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