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Te Manu Huna a Tāne

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

A unique insight into the traditional practice of weaving with kiwi feathers.

Te Manu Huna a Tāne documents a wānanga or class for three generations of women from Ngāti Torehina ki Matakā to learn the customary practice of pelting North Island brown kiwi so their feathers can be used for weaving.

It offers a particular perspective on the contemporary hapū-led cultural practices of Māori women and their intersection of the sacred and profound in the everyday. It also brings a greater understanding of conservation efforts and, in particular, of how the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai works closely with tangata whenua.

Te Manu Huna a Tāne

Edited by Jenny Gillam and Eugene Hansen (Maniapoto)

Photography by Jenny Gillam

Published by Massey University Press


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