Tuku Iho exhibition amazes locals in South America

By Tepara Koti

Following on from a successful tour of Chile and the staging of the 'Tuku Iho, Legado Vivo Māori' exhibition at the GAM in Santiago, the New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute (NZMACI) has opened the exhibition at Usina del Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

More than 80 pieces of Māori arts and crafts made from wood, greenstone, bone, stone, bronze, and flax are on display in the exhibition.  Live carving and tā moko demonstrations are also part of the exhibition as shown here carvers from NZMACI are working alongside Wichí carvers, indigenous people of South America, Argentina.

 Photo / Casa Nacional del Bicentenario

Haka group Ngā Kete Tuku Iho perform alongside the Tuku Iho exhibition, giving the exhibition a live presence of Māori culture.

 Photo / NZ Māori Arts & Crafts Institute

The crew have been posting updates of their travels and experiences on social media, including video montages of their stays in both Chile and Argentina.

You can watch their full Argentina video here, and their Chile video here.

The exhibition in Argentina opened on June 10 and will run through until July 10, and is said to move on to Brazil later in the year.