I have always found Tekoteko incredibly powerful figures. And often feel a heightened sense of emotion in their presence. But nothing like I felt when I saw the remains of Kapene and Turikatuku’s beautiful Taonga.

In 2021, friends and master carver Kapene Alexander and his wife Turikatuku’s house burnt to the ground. They lost everything, including sacred carvings of their most important ancestors. Almost.

What remained was a reminder of resilience and pain. But stoic pride. And as the culture they represent, they now stood before me brutally scarred from punishing events, yet more powerful than ever before.

The Return Of Giants
The Return Of Giants
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Listen For The Sound Of My Breath
Listen For The Sound Of My Breath
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Shadows Of The Ashes
Shadows Of The Ashes
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Nurturing From The Bosom Of The Earth
Nurturing From The Bosom Of The Earth
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The Tranquility Born From The Flames
The Tranquility Born From The Flames
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Song Of The Twice Born
Song Of The Twice Born
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No Yield Through Sacrifice
No Yield Through Sacrifice
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Aranga Kaitiaki
Aranga Kaitiaki
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The Resurrection Of Kahungunu
The Resurrection Of Kahungunu
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The Call Of Te Kooti
The Call Of Te Kooti
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