Posts Tagged ‘Rock art’

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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Canterbury rock art recognised

Renowned French archaeologist and cave art authority, Professor Jean Clottes, is keen to put Māori rock art on the international stage and create international opportunities for a young Ngāi Tahu researcher. Professor Clottes, who works as a rock art expert for UNESCO, spent two weeks visiting Māori rock art sites in both the North and…

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Rock art hīkoi

Hundreds of Māori rock art sites have been found scattered all over the Ngāi Tahu takiwā, from Bluff to Kaikōura, and archeologists continue to find more. Last weekend a rōpū of Ngāi Tahu artists went on a hīkoi to visit some of the South Canterbury rock art sites. Ross Hemera (Ngāi Tahu, Waitaha, Ngāti Mamoe),…

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