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The Maori Meeting House


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Encountering the whare whakairo; A history of the whare whakairo; The arts of the whare whakairo; Interpreting the whare whakairo; Sitting on the paepae

About the Author

Damian Skinner is an art historian, writer and curator. He is interested in the history of cultural contact between Maori and Pakeha, and the relationship between art and politics in Aotearoa New Zealand. He has written numerous books, including The Carver and the Artist: Maori Art in the Twentieth Century (2008) and The Passing World, The Passage of Life: John Hovell and the Art of Kowhaiwhai (2010), which won the New Zealand Post Book Award for Illustrated Non-fiction in 2011. Damian is currently Curator of Applied Art and Design at the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira.


A welcome addition to the growing body of literature on the modern meeting house as a statement of Maori identity, culture and mana. Ranginui Walker
This fine book is deeply felt and researched, gorgeously illustrated and eloquently written. It breathes respect and admiration for the artists and communities who produced these masterworks, taonga that adorn the landscapes of Aotearoa. A work to spend time with, and cherish. Dame Anne Salmond

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