Wearable Art Reflecting Centuries of Tribal Tradition
This collection contains a selection of carved, wearable art that has evolved from tribal belief systems. These designs have developed over centuries for a range of mystical, practical and often pragmatic reasons.
Regarded as a kind deity that protects people and helps them communicate with their ancestors. It is believed to be the invisible light, or aura, surrounding a person. Manaia are messengers between the Gods and man. They represent spiritual power and are seen as the guide that leads man's spirit to heaven.
Toki - the axe
Toki pendants represent the chisel tool used by the Māori people of Aotearoa (New Zealand) to carve their great canoes and the detailing on their meeting houses. The important role this tool played in successful tribal life has lent this shape significance - it is a symbol of courage and strength in times of adversity and is worn as a symbol of power, wisdom and authority.
Hei-matau - fish hook
Much of South Pacific theology was based around the sea as people from this region sailed the Pacific Ocean in search of new food sources and ultimately homes. The ocean provided their main source of food, so a fish hook of high quality was a valuable item to possess.
The Hei-Matau is one of the most powerful symbols in Māori culture representing prosperity, abundance and fertility. It also is said to provide good luck and safety when travelling over water.
The wearer of a Hei-Matau is seen as a provider and protector who is strong willed and determined to succeed in life.
Pikorua - twist
The quality of relationships among people and tribes determined their quality of life and often their survival. The ability to successfully negotiate agreements and resolve issues was a leading factor in the health and well-being of individuals and tribes.
The twist symbolises the importance of these relationships. The single twist symbolises the bond between two people, their loyalty and love. Double and triple twist forms represent the relationship between different peoples or cultures. They were often gifted as a symbol of friendship between tribes.
These beautiful pendants are a wonderful way to recognise and seal many types of relationships.
Roimata - tear drop
The healing stone - this shape when carved in jade, is believed to give the wearer positive energy, provide them comfort and promote their healing. These pendants are sometimes carved with a strong 'toki' influence indicating strength, power, pride and independence.
These pendants are gifted and worn to aid healing, provide comfort and courage and to promote independence and success.