Tag: Rachel Buchanan

Waking the tūpuna

“I truly came to believe that these taonga were asleep while they were in the swamp. The carvings embody so much mana, mauri and power from the old world that is just undiminished.” — Rachel Buchanan, on the Motunui epa.

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George Ortiz and the Motunui epa

“To a Westerner, the art of  the Pacific, particularly that of  Polynesia, is like an escape, a search for purity and truth, a renewal,” George Ortiz, the Bolivian magnate who bought the illegally-acquired Motunui epa in 1973 and held on to them for four decades.

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