Maori Meeting House
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224pp. August 2016
The Maori Meeting House
Author: Skinner, Damian;
This all-new introductory guide to the whare whakairo, or Māori meeting house, covers every aspect of these magnificent taongataongatreasures – their history and evolution, structure and art forms, symbolism and cultural power.

Generously illustrated with over a hundred intriguing historical and contemporary photographs, and containing original watercolour illustrations and a helpful glossary, the book clearly illustrates the parts – and the arts – of the whare whakairo, with reference to numerous houses from all over Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.

In accessible and engaging text across three concise chapters, Damian Skinner brings together existing scholarship on whare whakairo with his own reflections as a Pākehā art historian and curator. He weaves in the voices of many carvers, artists, architects, writers, experts and iwi to give every reader new ways of seeing these taonga – whether it is their first visit or their hundredth.

Equal parts informative history, personal essay and illustrated guidebook, The Māori Meeting House makes an important contribution to contemporary discussions about indigenous art history and taonga Māori.

100+ color and black & white images, and 10 diagrams

For sale only in North America.


Published in association with Te Papa Press
Author: Skinner, Damian;
Damian Skinner is an art historian, writer, and curator of Applied Art and Design at the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira. He is interested in art and craft in the twentieth century, and, in particular, the history of contact between Māori and Pākehā, and the relationship between art and politics in New Zealand. He has written numerous books, including The Carver and the Artist: Māori 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 Illustrated Non-fiction Award in 2011.