Te Toi Whakairo: The Art of Maori Carving
- About the Book
Te Toi Whakairo is the definitive introduction to Maori woodcarving. It explores the evolution of styles and techniques, and provides detailed explanations of styles in different parts of Aotearoa New Zealand. Later chapters delve into the main structures, forms and motifs, the role of the woodcarver, modern art forms, and practical guidance for use of materials, tools, techniques, surface and background decoration.
- About the Author(s)
Hirini Moko Mead, AuthorSir Hirini Moko Mead is a pre-eminent Māori writer, commentator and scholar. In the course of a distinguished academic career he authored numerous books on Māori art (including Te Toi Whakairo: The Art of Maori Carving, with Oratia Books) and developed the first Department of Māori Studies in the country at Victoria University. He was knighted in 2009 for services to Māori and education. A leader of his iwi (tribe) Ngāti Awa, he lives in Wellington, New Zealand.