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Ipu Moana

Ipu Moana: Sacred Texts

Students trace the diaspora of Pacific patterns and designs, from ancient Lapita pottery to wood carvings, architecture, rock art and body art.

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

$8 per student for a two-hour session
Terms 1–4, Mon and Tue, 2017
New Zealand Curriculum
The Arts: levels 1 - 4
Social Sciences: levels 1 - 4

Have you ever wondered what the designs and patterns on iconic Pacific objects mean? In this programme students journey back into the past to trace the diaspora of Pacific patterns and designs that originate from the ancient Lapita pottery through to wood carvings, architecture, rock art, and finally, body art. Often described as 'sacred texts', the patterns contain rich and layered meaning and students will enjoy exploring the themes and meanings embedded in the designs.

In this programme students will:

  • engage with various objects that highlight Pacific design and patterns
  • explore the histories and stories of these rich and meaningful patterns
  • create their own Pacific-inspired design piece.