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Göttingen Visit
25- 27 July 2011

Arawa visitors in Cambridge

June 2011

Cook collections: research breakthrough at the British Museum

Cook First Voyage collections: research visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum

Ngai Tamanuhiri in Cambridge

September 2010

Sainsbury Research Unit collaboration

Funding excellence

August 2010

Pacific Arts Association Xth International Symposium

DiSCO Workshop

July 2010

Research seminar: Digital Subjects, Cultural Objects

June 2010

Introductory talk for TATAU: Symmetry, Harmony and Beauty

MAA hosts Semisi Fetokai Potauaine

EXHIBITION – Tatau: Samoan Tattooing / Global Culture

January 2010

Visit to Uawa


Maori tatua with Patricia Wallace
April 2012

In April Affiliated Researcher Patricia Wallace joined us at MAA in Cambridge and at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, to spend two days examining Maori tatua (woven and plaited belts) collected on the voyages of Captain Cook.

Project Research Associate Julie Adams and project intern Alice Christophe were able to learn from Patricia's extensive knowledge and experience of Maori weaving and textile techniques as they carefully documented these taonga, which, like other material acquired on Cook's voyages, constitute important 'baseline collections' (Kaeppler 2008) of early Pacific material culture. 

While there are many similarities between these tatua, no two are quite alike; whether twined or plaited, these simple items exhibit a wonderful diversity of the weaving artists' creativity.