In Māori society, the marae is a place where the culture can be celebrated, where the Māori language can be spoken, where intertribal obligations can be met, where customs can be explored and debated, where family occasions such as weddings and birthdays can be held, and where important ceremonies, such as welcoming visitors or farewelling the dead (tangihanga), can be performed. Like the related institutions of old Polynesia, the marae is a wāhi tapu, a 'sacred place' which carries great cultural meaning.
In Māori usage, marae is technically the enclosed space in front of a wharenui or meeting house (literally "big house"). However, it is generally used to refer to the whole complex, including the buildings and the open space.[
Te Arawa Marae- Rotorua
The carved figure at the apex of this house represents an ancestor. The huia feathers in his hair represent a chiefly status and the taiaha that he is holding in his hands shows that he was a warrior.
Te Arawa is a confederation of Māori iwi and hapu (tribes and sub-tribes) based in the Rotorua and Bay of Plenty areas of New Zealand, with a population of around 40,000.
The Te Arawa tribes have a close historical interest in the lakes around Rotorua. Many were killed in the Mt Tarawera eruption of 1886.
The iwi chose to negotiate directly with the New Zealand government over their historical grievances, bypassing the Waitangi Tribunal. A series of negotiations has resulted in several settlements of their various claims, the largest of which are the settlement relating to the 14 lakes, signed in December 2004, and the settlement for all the historical claims of a cluster of Te Arawa iwi and hapu signed on 30 September 2006. The Government apologised to Te Arawa for breaches of the Treaty, and paid $36 million in compensation, including up to 50,000 ha of Crown forest land, as well as 19 areas of special significance, including the Whakarewarewa Thermal Springs Reserve.
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batalay (38591) 2008-12-01 23:01
The colors and textures are palpable in these carvings, including the fearsome warrior standing astride. I am happy to be online when this image rolled in. By the way, early this morning your time did you see the near syzygy, comprising the three heavenly bodies of the moon, Venus and Jupiter, as we saw earlier this evening in areas diametrically opposite yours. There was an excellent post from the Isle of Wight?
bakes888 (18499) 2008-12-01 23:57
Hi Klaudio. Settlement negotiations have been going on for years, hopefully they get it right and manage to sort for good. No chance of pleasing everyone unfortunately. Nice capture. Natural colours and good composition. Thanks for sharing.
aadilj (18102) 2008-12-02 0:47
Hi Klauido, I like the carvings and the intricate patter, I like the clarity and the colour. i like the way you have composed this beautiful image
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-12-02 0:53
Hello Klaudio! Very interesting sculpture. Wonderful POV and composition. Nice lightness and brightness. Good contrast and sharp. Original work. Good luck!
bracasha75 (24589) 2008-12-02 1:03
Ta ta stara kultura Maora i nihova obelezja
Divan detalj civilizacije koja je sad u manjini ili skoro nepostoji
Gerrit (51935) 2008-12-02 2:12
an excellent piece of woodcarving. Ferocious warrior on top.
The light and colors are excellent.
phwall (6785) 2008-12-03 2:18
I think the Maori culture is one of the most interesting on Earth, and you've caught a tiny glimpse of it in this superb image. Wonderful shot, so full of the intricate detail that goes into the "big house".
Very well done against a not too friendly looking sky.
Atousa (7131) 2008-12-03 4:44
Very interesting artwork ..I like your chosen POV n the details on this carvings..very well done..thank you.
Best regards, A
judesta (1006) 2008-12-05 16:07
Brilliant detail in the carving, good strong colour, although the Maori warrior doesn't look too inviting :-)
macondo (19453) 2008-12-06 14:36
Discovered last night that the alienated management of TE has decided that one shouldn't be able to edit one's critique any later than 15 minutes after it is posted - there's a forum discussion on it to which I have contributed. So I won't be going back to your previous shot to award its well deserved points.
Anyway, this one is also very well taken, albeit quite different from the last. The detail is remarkably well realised in the apparently soft light, and the colour contrast is lovely. The framing is well done to achieve a symmetrical look and the frame itself seems to meld with the woodwork. Very nicely done.
The syzygy that Bulent refers to I did not enjoy as the sky was blanketed by cloud, what about you?
sayat (2949) 2008-12-16 7:06
Great shot with amazing details and lovely colors. Great note too. Thanks for sharing.