by Pankhurst Gallery



The war canoe (waka) was the most prized possession of the Maori, and the flying stance of the figure on the war canoe (waka) was inspired by the kotuku bird (white heron) which is the most sacred bird in Maoridom. Having been submerged for centuries the waka has emerged in the South Island's Lake Wanaka. This very early 1800's canoe prow represents the separation of the Earth Mother.