Throughout history, Polynesians have been connected to the ocean. The islands are surrounded by lagoons, bays and open ocean as far as the eye can see. The Maori, like other Polynesians, are master fishermen. Today, they have made bone carving hooks and lures an artform.
The hooks, or Hei Matau, are today more ornamental than functional. But they are more than ever, a revered and time-honored tradition.This typical Maori design is hand carved in bone. The Hei Matau symbolize a persons power and authority.
The art of Maori bone carving has been handed down from generation to generation. Today's artists continue the ancient traditions and create new and modern art as well.
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