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SOURCE Embassy of New Zealand
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Join us for an unprecedented opportunity to discover the richness and diversity of New Zealand's Maori culture though Tuku Iho | Living Legacy. Tuku iho Living Legacy will feature in-situ Maori art demonstrations, live Ta moko – Maori tattoo, carving demonstrations, and live Kapa haka performing arts alongside a selection of contemporary Maori artworks handcrafted by students and teachers from the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua, New Zealand.
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As part of the activities, visitors will have a chance to win round trip tickets for two to New Zealand and to witness Kapa haka or traditional Maori performing arts on Santa Monica Pier. During the exhibition a tekoteko (ancestral figure) will be carved and officially gifted to the city of Los Angeles by New Zealand High Commissioner Maurice Williamson as an important symbol of connection across the Pacific.
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Against the backdrop of sacred objects and treasures that tell the history of the respective tribes who use them, a group of artists will perform traditional dances and songs while Maori tattooists showcase the craft of ta moko and speakers lead artistic interactions on the influence of Maori culture and arts on life in the present day. In its fusion of the traditional and the contemporary, Tuku Iho | Living Legacy is a remarkable representation of the diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand's culture to audiences in the United States.
Project director Karl Johnstone describes the installation as "having been developed as a shared exchange with the global community. Our culture and our various artistic practices are a platform for building and strengthening relationships." Johnstone also describes the aim of the program to "not only to showcase New Zealand, but to also learn as much as we can about other cultures and to create dialogue about identity and its importance to our individual and collective well-being."
Tuku Iho travels to Venice Beach following a summer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C and is expected to travel to Japan in 2019 as part of the Rugby World Cup.
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