Te Hokinga Mai
Ngaī Tahu Whānui, people of Te Waipounamu (South Island), and Canterbury Museum are proud to present Te Hokinga Mai. The return home of the Te Papa developed exhibition Mō Tātou: The Ngāi Tahu Whānui Exhibition is celebrated with the complementary exhibition Mō Kā Uri: Taonga from Canterbury Museum. Mō Kā Uri showcases Canterbury Museum’s rich collection of Ngāi Tahu taonga alongside contemporary artwork by leading Ngāi Tahu artists.
Many of the artefacts on display as part of Mō Kā Uri are being exhibited for the first time.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere Mark Solomon says the exhibition is a celebration of Ngāi Tahu culture, both past and present, with a focus on Waitaha (the Canterbury region) and Tai Poutini (the West Coast).
“More than a million people have seen part of the exhibition and now it is time to share Te Hokinga Mai, which is especially for the people of Canterbury and the West Coast. It tells the stories of our history, celebrates our contemporary artists and looks forward to our future.”
Canterbury Museum Director Anthony Wright says Te Hokinga Mai is the biggest cultural exhibit of Ngāi Tahu arts ever and with the addition of Mō Kā Uri, is considerably larger than the Te Papa exhibition.
“For the first time, more than 200 objects of cultural importance spanning more than 600 years of Southern Māori tradition and lifestyle will be on display,” Anthony Wright says.
The name Te Hokinga Mai (“the return home”) pays homage to the Te Māori exhibition, and celebrates the 25th anniversary of this iconic exhibition’s return home after its successful tour of the United States. The Robert McDougall Gallery was the first venue to show Te Māori on its return to Aotearoa.
The opening ceremony for Te Hokinga Mai is a very special occasion for all parties, particularly Ngāi Tahu, which welcomes home Mō Tātou: The Ngāi Tahu Whānui Exhibition after three years at Te Papa, Wellington and begins its tour to Canterbury, Southland and Otago museums. For Te Papa, it opens the exhibition to new audiences in Te Waipounamu (South Island) and continues the long association the national museum has enjoyed with Ngāi Tahu. For Canterbury Museum, hosting the exhibition provides the opportunity to showcase Ngāi Tahu taonga from its collection.
Te Hokinga Mai opens in the Robert McDougall Gallery at Canterbury Museum on Saturday 20 February 2010. The exhibition is open daily from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.
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