Te Aturangi Nepia – Clamp, Whakapapa.


Te Aturangi Nepia-Clamp, Whakapapa.
New Zealand Heart Kauri, Paua Shell, Mother of Pearl Shell, 895 x 1675mm, 2003. Shipping by arrangement.

Te Aturangi Nepia-Clamp has been working in the field of traditional Maori carving, sailing and voyaging canoe construction within the Pacific for the last 30 years. Between 2008-2010 he managed the research, development and construction of seven oceanic voyaging canoes.

The artist writes “my inspiration is my Maori culture. I am passionate about my cultural heritage and how traditional art can be used to express our development as a people, and to share our philosophies through our art with people who share our interest and passion”.

Whakapapa signifies the ongoing ancestral links between Aotearoa New Zealand and the Cook Islands and was commissioned in 2003 during Te Aturangi’s seven year tenure in Rarotonga. This impressive, carved work represents the relationship between the Takitumu Tribe from Rarotonga, Takitimu Tribe from Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Kahungunu. The two figures joined at the hip represent (Cook Islands Tamatea Arikinui) Captain of the Takitumu Vaka and the New Zealand Maori figure represents Kahungunu (Tamatea Arikinui’s great grandson) who the Kahungunu tribe is named after. The figure between them represents Tangaroa the Polynesian God of the Sea. The Tamatea Arikinui and Kahugnunu are depicted in a Vaka, fishing the main species of fish caught in the Pacific Ocean, a symbolic action of their peoples shared voyaging history.



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