Te Ara: Māori Pathways of Leadership at Durham University's Oriental Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 26 September 2011
A photo of a tribesman performing a chanting ritual
Exhibition: Te Ara: Māori Pathways of Leadership, Oriental Museum, Durham University, September 30 2011 – January 15 2012

Fearsome ceremonial dance the haka may be the most prominent manifestation of Maori culture thanks to the seemingly impenetrable New Zealand team at the current Rugby World Cup, but this exhibition goes a little deeper into the story.

Telling the story of the indigenous Polynesian people through tales of tribal leadership spanning 3,000 years, it features photographs by Polish-New Zealander Krzysztof Pfeiffer and has the claim of being the first ever exhibition on the group written by insiders, with the text provided by leading Māori scholars.

“It includes stunning images of the Māori people and their landscapes,” says Curator Craig Barclay.

“At the same time it tells a fascinating story of the history of the Māori people and the challenges they have faced and continue to face today.”

  • Open 10am-5pm (12pm-5pm Saturday and Sunday). Admission £1.50/75p (free for under-5s and students).
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