Makereti Papakura, Te Rauru meeting house, Whakarewarewa [ca 1905]. "Unwittingly, Margaret perpetuated the ‘native as an object’ as tourists came to view Whakarewarewa village and its people as an attraction on display. She later strove to break these perceptions, especially those staged in colonial photography of the Maori ‘dusky maiden’" - Coralie Takuira. #Maori #Carving
A collection of intricate and beautiful floor mats woven for Te Rauru meeting house at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, are seen in this photo from about In front are some of the Te Arawa women who wove the mats.