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The Māori people were the original settlers of Aotearoa (New Zealand). Their culture and history is rich and beautiful, and to this day is an important part of New Zealand’s culture. Their legends around the creation of the world and this beautiful land have always captured my imagination.
A Hei Matau is a bone or greenstone depiction of the Hook of Maui. Māori legend holds that the North Island of New Zealand was once a huge fish that was caught by the great mariner Maui using only a woven line and a bone hook. Legend holds that the shape of Hawke Bay is that of the hei matau, which caught in the fish’s side.
For the Māori, the hei matau is taonga (a cultural treasure). It represents not only their land, but also prosperity, fertility and safe passage over water. They also denote the importance of fishing to Māori, and their relationship to Tangaroa, god of the sea.
This Hei Matau is the second one I’ve drawn, the other one also being in my portfolio, hence the name Hei Matau Tuarua, meaning Hei Matau the Second. :)

Original drawing is done in roller ball on 100 gsm cartridge paper, printed on a tee! :)

SOLD – as at Sept 2011, five tees with this image.

Featured in First Things April 28, 2009.
Featured in If It Doesn’t Belong May 13, 2010.
Featured in Wear Your Art May 16, 2010.

Tara is a New Zealand artist and musician. Her primary visual medium is photography, sometimes combined with other media into mixed media works or digital works. Her portfolio is extensive and varied, including macro photography, digital fantasy works, paintings, portraiture and nature photography. Tara is available for commissioned artworks as well as client portraiture sessions, please contact her on tara_lemana@xtra.co.nz for more information or visit her website at www.taralemana.com.

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  • Grandia
    Grandiaalmost 6 years ago

    great design, i love maori art =)

  • Thanks so much, glad you like it!! :)

    – Tara Lemana

  • mrscarlotta
    mrscarlottaalmost 6 years ago

    Brilliant, I too love maori art, xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Thanks love!! I’m chuffed you like it! :) xx

    – Tara Lemana

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omaralmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful Tee!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxo

  • Thanks so much Sally, glad you like it! :)

    – Tara Lemana

  • rain-dogs
    rain-dogsalmost 6 years ago

    this is great too….. works really well on the tee youve got a good style….cheers

  • Thanks so much, I’m glad you like it, this one’s probably my favourite design so it’s always nice to hear that it speaks to others as well! :)

    – Tara Lemana

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazoralmost 6 years ago

    Cool T design!

  • THanks!!! :)

    – Tara Lemana

  • Ghelly
    Ghellyalmost 6 years ago

    You have being Featured in the
    First Things Group

  • Wow, thanks Ghelly!!! :)

    – Tara Lemana

  • joyousmoon
    joyousmoonalmost 6 years ago

    Nicely one! Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thanks again Pamela!! :)

    – Tara Lemana

  • diLuisa Photography
    diLuisa Photog...almost 5 years ago

    beautiful image! I loved reading the information too! Thank you for educating us on such a rich and wonderful culture!! :))
    Luisa xx

  • Yay!!! Thanks dear Luisa, I’m glad you enjoyed the work and the story that goes with it!!! :)

    – Tara Lemana

  • tcat757
    tcat757almost 5 years ago

  • Fiery-Fire
    Fiery-Firealmost 5 years ago

    Features 05-16-2010
    Congratulations !!!

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