Sunday, 26 February 2017

Taonga- koruru

In Inquiry, Room 9 have been learning about ‘taonga’.
In Maori culture, a taonga is an object or natural resource that is highly prized. We have also been discussing our ‘korero paki’, our stories or family history.
We used the symbol of the koruru to represent both of these concepts.

The koruru can be found at a marae. 
It is a carved head at the apex of the wharenui and represents ancestors.
In our Art lessons, we explored the lines, shapes and patterns made in the wooden carvings.
We used dye to paint the background and then drew the face and patterns of a koruru in black marker. Finally, we collage the eyes using wrapping paper with a paua shell design.

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