237131_A1_Week2_ Visual Importance_03/08/2016.

Select an art or design example from the first chapter of Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History, “Ancient Origins” (2014). Upload an image of this example to your blog and write 150-200 words explaining why this example is important. Use Athol Anderson’s text to support your claims.

Matthew McIntyre Wilson, The Price of Change, New Zealand and Cook Island coins, 2009.

Matthew McIntyre Wilson, The Price of Change, New Zealand and Cook Island coins, 2009. (Figure 1)

Pardington, Fiona. Heitiki (female). 2002. Okains Bay Museum, Ngāi Tahu, Christchurch.

Pardington, Fiona. Heitiki (female). 2002. Okains Bay Museum, Ngāi Tahu, Christchurch. (Figure 2)

Hei Tiki is  neck pendants in the shape of  human beings, which were supposedly made to celebrate the advent of mankind (40). These hei tikis were connected to Hine-te-iwaiwa, the wife of Tiki and sister of Maui. Being connected to childbirth, hei tikis were typically given to pregnant women as protection but were worn by men and women.

I have chosen these two examples of hei tiki because I  think they show hei tiki in a new context. Figure 1 is showing how hei tiki is being used to shine light on the history of the nineteenth century. Whereas figure 2 is showing what the hei tiki is and is using this taonga to show her heritage and Māori culture to the wider world, creating more awareness.

Texts Referenced:

Harris, Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney and Aroha. “Ancient Origins.” Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History. New Zealand: Bridget Williams, 2012. 16-41. Print.

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