Moana Oceania - Cook Islands - Te Taumata Toi-a-iwi

Cook Islands

Taura tatai

This taura tatai, fishing line, from Rarotonga in the Cook Islands was added to Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum’s collections in 1899. It is made from wood and coconut sennit fibre string, braided using a 3-ply technique.
Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 8343.
Illustration by Cecelia Faumuina

Cook Islands_Taku Ipukarea

Paper prepared by Mary Ama with Caren Rangi, Selina Vainerere-Patia, Tuaratini and Jarcinda Stowers-Ama.

IPUKAREA is not easily translated into English but generally means ‘ancestral homeland’. This is a korero that shares the stories of five Cook Islands women and their lived experiences and connection to their Ipukarea, through art, culture, and community.  The korero of Caren Rangi, Selina Vainerere-Patia, Tuaratini and Jarcinda Stowers-Ama responds and reflects upon Mary Ama’s view of art and Ipukarea. Read more