Very interesting how the San Diego Zoo got it so wrong when they had a Maori kapa haka group perform for the opening of an Australian section of the zoo. Ignorant to not knowing anything about Australia and New Zealand’s First Nations People. You cannot assume we are of the same culture. With modern technology today it would’ve only taken a few minutes to research and get it right.
I find it offensive and disrespectful.
However I am not surprised because a number of years ago I was invited by the NZ Embassy in Washington to participate in a NZ exposition in Boise Idaho. They bought one of my favorite bronze sculptures and gifted it to the city as part of their River Festival.
The got me to design a waka that would be on the back of a big truck with a kapa haka group performing in it and send it to this company in the States that would construct it. When I got there they had decided to change it and make it look more tropical with big large flowers and palm trees showing that was there idea of what our waka should look like. Luckily we were able to strip it back to its first design.
Respect all cultures.
Title: Whakaute – Respect
Medium: Dyes, oil Pastels, acrylic on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 14 Artwork Project 313
This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313