Week 6 – Blog Task

The main visual and material culture has been predominantly written by the western culture due to the fact that originally there was a lack of Maori in the beginning of Aotearoa’s history where Maori could read or write in English. So it was mainly endorsed only from the Western perspective. Furthermore the Western population is a lot larger than that of the Maori, therefore less voices.

A strong example of this is the seen by the artist Isaac Gilseman’s. He created an illustrated scene of Maori culture. According to the western culture this would be classified stereotypical Maori culture. Gilseman tries to frame the Maori visual and material culture, however fails with his lack of context or enough understanding. Failing to recognise parts of the culture such as traditional tattoos and weaving.

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