Who are the custodians of Maori Visual Art?

Free by Tracey Tawhiao

“Free” by Tracey Tawhiao

Thank you for all of your thought provoking responses to the previous post’s question “Is it alright to combine elements of Maori designs and create something new out of them?”

I’m in the middle of reading Tuamaka – The Challenge of Difference in Aotearoa New Zealand by social anthropologist Dame Joan Metge and she suggests…

“The problem of cultural appropriation is particularly acute for the creative artist. Sometimes there is a very fine line between legitimate borrowing and looting. Continue reading