[POSTPONED] Henriata Nicholas: Uhi Tā Moko Wānanga
Sat 15 Aug 11:00 a.m.
This event has been postponed due to the move to COVID-19 Alert Level 2. While it’s disappointing to have to reschedule this demonstration, we want to help keep our visitors, artists, staff and community safe from the spread of COVID-19.
The Dowse is still open, so do come and explore Ā Mua at your own pace. We encourage visitors to take the following precautions:
• If you’re sick, stay home
• Help protect yourself, your whānau and your community by signing in to the NZ COVID Tracer app on arrival
• Try to keep a healthy distance away from other people
• Wash your hands when you arrive and leave. We’re well stocked with soap and sanitiser
• Wear a mask, if possible
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow
• Be kind to our team and each other
As our Alert Levels change over the coming weeks, we’ll look at confirming a new date for the event. Check our website and social media for updates.
Thank you for your continued support of our artists, programmes and activities. Stay safe and look after one another. Noho ora mai.
The Dowse team
A rare opportunity to witness traditional uhi tā moko practice, in a live demonstration with artist Henriata Nicholas (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Turumakina, Ngāti Unu, Ngāti Kahu).
In 2003, Henriata Nicholas was the first wāhine Māori in 200 years to work solely with uhi handmade tools. Seventeen years on, she is continuing to revitalise the legacy of uhi tā moko.
Join Henriata for this special wānanga as she undertakes uhi tā moko tattoo live on her partner, and shares learnings on crafting her own tools from albatross bone.
“Moko can’t be accessioned, databased or catalogued into a collection,” says Henriata. “It is only alive if the wearer agrees to share it, unlike other major art forms where taonga can be preserved, conserved, long after the artist is gone. Uhi Moko is a personal taonga."
“The sound that permeates from creating patterns by pushing ink into the skin can send people into other levels of consciousness. This is truly an art form that binds and connects us all with wairua,” says Henriata.
“In order for uhi to survive and thrive it needs to be valued for its cultural connection to our tupuna, our whakapapa, our mana, our wairua, to ourselves, to our present and our future.”
This demonstration runs in conjunction with Ā Mua: New Lineages of Making, which features projects by more than 20 makers from throughout Aotearoa, to explore and challenge the definition of craft in Aotearoa today. On 6 June – 11 October 2020.
*All welcome, RSVP's appreciated.
Image: Anahera Emile - Uhi kauae moko 2019