He Mahi Rangahau


  • Robert Pouwhare
  • Hinematau McNeill




Artist/scholar, Artistic practice-led research, Kaupapa MāoriPūrākau, Tohunga


Artistic practice-led research is challenging conventional academic hegemony by providing a space where indigenous knowledge can be valued and respected. Artistic practice in Māori2 thought is more than artefact production. It is a sacred and highly esteemed form of Māori scholarship evidenced by tohunga who are recognised as experts in their fields. The creative process is deeply respected because of its sacred (tapu)3 connotations. Both their work and its associated pedagogical legacy (contained in carving, music, architecture, weaving, or oratory) are understood as interrelated. Valued as thinkers, teachers and repositories of knowledge, the work of tohunga practitioners reaches across generations. Thus, artistic practice-led research, viewed through a Kaupapa Māori4 lens invokes new ways of thinking and doing.


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How to Cite

Pouwhare, R., & McNeill, H. (2018). Purakau: He Mahi Rangahau. DAT Journal, 3(2), 261–290. https://doi.org/10.29147/dat.v3i2.94