A waka (canoe)
Close-up of guardian (fertile!)
Inside the waka
As I mentioned in previous entries, a marae is a meeting place, where the community gets together. It is made up of a series of buildings, including the wharenui (big house), the store house, the wharekai (eating house) and other smaller buildings.
Powhiris are done in front of the wharenui.
Entrance to the Wharenui
More carvings inside the wharenui
The storehouse, where food was stored for the Iwi; this one was donated by the Te Arawa Iwi; the size of the storehouse showed the mana (prestige) of the Iwi; this is a large one, which indicates the wealth of the Iwi.
Close-up of carving by the storehouse
Close-up of Modern Marae
Below: a video of the MaraeBelow: a video of the sound of a conch used in traditional music; note the difference with the way Haitians have used it
Below: a series of different traditional Maori instruments and what they sound like
Below: using gourdes as instruments
I highly recommend going to Te Papa when in Wellington. It's a beautifully made museum, very modern and free! This is the first time I've gone to a museum that was free. They accept donations, though, so donate freely. There are many other exhibits to see, so I hope to return and see some of the other ones before leaving Wellington. Hope you enjoyed the abridged tour.