Tonight we celebrated some of our Maori champions. Dr Hare Williams shared an experience when he was in Europe he came across in a museum 3 sculptures depicting 3 indigenous warriors that fought for their people namely Nelson Mandela, Ghandi and Te Kooti.
.He was one of the most significant Māori leaders of the 19th century and his influence continues to be felt in the eastern Bay of Plenty and East Coast, where his Ringatū faith remains strong.
Many Māori movements adopted distinctive flags. This is Te Kooti’s war flag. The meaning of the symbols on it has been much debated. The letters ‘WI’ probably stood for the Holy Spirit, Wairua Tapu. The crescent moon was a tohu (portent) of a new world; the red cross was the fighting cross of the Archangel Michael, who appeared to Te Kooti in a vision in the 1850s. The moon and cross reiterate the first two elements of Te Wepu, a flag which Te Kooti captured from Ngāti Kahungunu in 1868. (NZ History- nga korero a ipurangi o Aotearoa)
Title: Te Kooti
Medium: mix media on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 72 Artwork Project 313
This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313