Posts Tagged ‘South Island Māori Rock Art Project’

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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Recording rock art

Since the South Island Māori Rock Art Project began surveying and recording in 1990, over 600 Māori rock art sites have been mapped and photographed; of those, 300 were new and had not been recorded previously. Te Ana Ngāi Tahu Rock Art Trust curator, Amanda Symon says the survey team has been steadily finding many…

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