The Feathered Face of War
Episode:51Te Papa Collection:Pacific Cultures
Suggested curriculum levels:4 – 6
Description:One of Te Papa's most precious objects from the Pacific, this Hawaiian `aumakua hulu manu is fearsome to behold.
Questions for students
- Use the 'Words' response template to record and explore words from this Tale. The words you choose could include 'stereotype', 'manifestation', 'representation', 'ancestral', 'descendants', 'prominent', 'awe' and 'testament'.
- The narrator contrasts our idea of an idyllic modern Hawaii with a frightening past. Is this a fair comparison? Why or why not? What kind of changes do you think have taken place in Hawaiian society over time?
- What are the differences in meaning and role between the Hawaiian 'aumatua and the Māori kaumatua?
- Explain the Hawaiian specialist's response to seeing the feathered figure. Why would he not have been allowed to get close to the figure? What does this imply about the organisation of Hawaiian society?
- Consider the relationships between the artist, the materials and the purpose and significance of an object such as this. In what way does context influence an artist's work?