Posts Tagged ‘Brian Allingham’

Don’t just look at the pictures

Atholl Anderson and Brian Allingham were responsible for getting the Ngāi Tahu tribal rock art project kick started. Twenty-five years later, on different sides of the Pacific, both Gerard and Chris have also been immersed in rock art heritage. The pair first met a few years ago at a rock art symposium in Barcelona, and immediately realised the parallels in both their research and their whakapapa. In May 2016, with their PhDs finished, they got together in British Columbia to support a local Indian band excavate at an important rock shelter, and to talk at the Nlaka’pamux Rock Art Conference, hosted by the Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council, in Lytton, British Columbia.

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The first language of Te Waipounamu

Rock art is one of the oldest and most significant of the traditional arts, and considered by some an early form of written language: meaningful marks left for others to read. Some of those marks offer a glimpse of the world in the time of moa and pouākai (Haast’s eagle). Earlier that morning I’d witnessed a drawing of the giant eagle soaring across a cave roof at Frenchman’s Gully. In this landscape of hawks and falcons, it’s easy to imagine the artist looking up to see that vast shadow pass above.

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Archaeological excavation unearths taonga

Archaeological relics recently excavated from the floor of a South Canterbury rock art shelter indicate that Māori almost certainly occupied or travelled through the area at least five hundred years ago. Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art Trust Arowhenua representative Mandy Home (Ngāi Tahu) says the finding of a range of objects including kakahi (mussel) shells,…

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10th March 2013
Posted under: Pānui

Return of kōiwi to local marae after 100 years

Kāti Huirapa kōiwi tupuna (ancestral remains) were laid to rest on Sunday, March 10 in a re-interment ceremony at Puketeraki Marae, Karitane. The return is significant for the local Kāti Huirapa hapu as it marks the last phase of a process that began 20 years ago when Ngāi Tahu started negotiations for the return of…

18th October 2012
Posted under: Pānui

Kōhatu pounamu returns home to Whakatipu Kōtuku/Hollyford

A rōpu (group) of Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio whānau made a symbolic hīkoi (journey) recently to a significant part of their rohe, Whakatipu Kōtuku Martins Bay. Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio Deputy Chairperson Kara Edwards says the kaupapa or purpose of the hīkoi was to present a kōhatu pounamu to the Hollyford Track team as a…