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Te Māori - A Celebration of the People and their Art

Short Film (Full Length) – 1985

After kicking off with 'Poi-E' and the opening of landmark exhibition Te Māori in New York, this documentary sets out to summarise the key elements of Māori culture and history in a single hour. Narrator Don Selwyn ranges across past and (mid 80s) present: from early Māori settlement and moa-hunting, to the role of carvings in "telling countless stories". There are visits to Rotorua's Māori Arts and Crafts Institute and a Sonny Waru-led course aimed at getting youth in touch with their Māoritanga. The interviews include Napi Waaka and the late Sir James Hēnare. 

 

A face frozen in wood, protected now by museum walls, looks down on a changing culture in a changing world.
– Narrator Don Selwyn

Key Cast & Crew

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Don Selwyn

Narrator

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Ann Horton

Director, Editor, Associate Producer

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Thomas Horton

Writer, Producer

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Sonny Waru

Subject

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Doug Eckhoff

Executive Producer

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Robert Brillant

Sound - United States

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