by Shannon Wafer
Te Ātiawa, Ngāpuhi, Taranaki
Tōtara, pakohe, stain
500 h x 280 w x 170 d mm
This mask takes its name from an incident that occurred on the voyage of the Te Arawa waka.
Prior to this event the waka and people were known as Ngāti Ohomairangi.
After nearly being consumed by Te Korokoro o te Parata (a great whirlpool) and then being guided to safety by a shark they took the name, Te Arawa for themselves and their waka.
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