Title: Manu Tukutuku – Kōkako Pendant
Artist: Wendy Whitehead – Toi Iho Registered Artist
Iwi: Ngāti Porou
Materials: Pure and sterling silver, South Westland Pounamu, Harakeke, Muka, copper wire, anodised copper wire, feathers, polyester thread
Description: Contemporary Māori pendant.
Artist Statement: Kites, or manu tukutuku, have always played an important role in Māori culture, particularly during the winter season when they were flown to signify the start of Matariki, the Māori New Year. Our tūpuna flew kites for recreation, but also to communicate with other hapū as well as a means to communicate with those who had passed on, connecting heaven and earth.
Artist Note: Due to the fragility of the feathers and tukutuku, panel should be worn keeping this in mind. If necessary the artist will offer one replacement of the feathers.