November 20, 2015
Kai Tahu wahine celebrated at museum
A new exhibition at Otago Museum has challenged the institution to reach out to Kai Tahu whanau from throughout the motu.
Last night’s opening of Hakui: Women of Kai Tahu drew many descendants and whanau of the 54 wahine whose portraits and stories were on the walls.
Cutator Maori Migoto Eria says it took a major effort to bring together, but it will have long term benefits for the museum
"This is a kaupapa that’s new to the museum and we need to catch up really quickly on what we need to do to provide for the community and what it is they actually want to see. It’s new mahi for us but also new mahi for the whanau as well, interacting with the museum directly, and times that by 54, it’s been quite a busy eight months liaising with all these whanau to make sure they trust us with their taonga and their stories," she says.
Hakui: Women of Kai Tahu runs until May.
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