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Mark Adams, Nicholas Thomas Rauru | Edited by Nicholas Thomas

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Mark Adams, Nicholas Thomas Rauru | Edited by Nicholas Thomas

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Published by Otago University Press, 2009.

285 x 295 mm, hardback, 184 pages, colour throughout

ISBN: 9781877372612

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Tene Waitere of Ngati Tarawhai (1854-1931) was the most innovative Maori carver of his time; his works reached global audiences decades before the globalisation of culture became a fashionable topic. Rauru is the highlight of a famous anthropological museum in Germany. Three out of four historic Maori meeting-houses located outside New Zealand were carved or partly carved by Waitere. The travels of his work tell us something about the interplay between empire and art, about what is made of history now. The combined perspectives of his descendants, of a leading contemporary carver, of a master photographer and a distinguished anthropologist and historian of Pacific art make this book unique as a dialogue as well as a revelation of great works of Maori art.

Mark Adams was born in Christchurch in 1949. He is one of New Zealand's most distinguished documentary photographers, working with subjects of cross-cultural significance. His photographs have been exhibited through solo and group exhibitions and major biennales throughout the world. His other books include Cook's Sites: Revisiting History (with Nicholas Thomas).

Nicholas Thomas was born in Sydney in 1960. His books include Entangled Objects (1991), Oceanic Art (1995), Possessions: Indigenous Art/Colonial Culture (1999) and Discoveries: the voyages of Captain Cook (2003). He has collaborated on several projects with Mark Adams, and curated many exhibitions, in New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. He is Professor of Historical Anthropology, and Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.