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Maori Exhibit in Seattle, FEB 4-MAY 2006

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We were alerted to this event by ** dogbytes**.

The Burke Museum is on the University of Washington campus and houses an excellent NW Native collection. A Seattle must see, but here's another reason to go:

Toi Maori: The Eternal Thread

"The Burke will be abuzz with Maori art and artists for a full weekend in February. The opening weekend of The Eternal Thread exhibition (on exhibit Feb. 4 –May 29) will feature more than a dozen Maori weavers, carvers, and ta moko (tattoo) artists, plus special lectures and presentations by both Maori and Northwest Coast artists. Observe a wide range of beautiful artwork being created on site at the Burke. Entrance included with museum admission." The Burke Museum

From The Burke's site:

Saturday, Feb. 4, 10 am - 5 pm
Day-long demonstrations by Maori artists and local Native weavers, including weaving, ta moko (Maori skin tattooing), and carving demonstrations, plus a lecture by Darcy Nicholas, Director of Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture, New Zealand, and a panel discussion featuring Northwest Coast and Maori weavers.

Sunday, Feb. 5, 10 am - 5 pm
Opening weekend activities continue with artist demonstrations and afternoon presentations by carvers and ta moko artists.

Monday - Wednesday, Feb.  6-8,  10 am - 2 pm
Weaving, carving, and ta moko demonstrations continue.


todd & i plan to go to the Burke around noon.. then head over to the Tiki Rivieras party afterwards! anyone else gonna do the same?


i was a bit disapointed with the exhibit.. there were some wonderful textiles, woven in the traditional manner ~ as well as some crazy new stuff created by blending old and new. and lots and lots of purses!

there was one carver working on a two headed house panel that was about 12 feet long. and a man getting a full leg tattoo (with a modern tat needle). there were several women weaving and explaining materials.

there were few other carvings in the Maori exhibit ~ but throughout the rest of the Burke Museum, there were nice artifacts from Pacific Rim nations.

if you go on a saturday after noon, or any time sunday, you can park in the adjacent lot. any other time, you'll need to park off-campus.

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