In the recently released doco, Mō Te Iwi: Carving For The People, Rangi Hetet speaks about his teacher, Hone (John) Taiapa, more than 60 years after he learned whakairo under the renowned master carver.
"I thank my teacher, John." - Rangi Hetet says at 82 years of age
Our father, Rangi's acknowledgement of his teacher, as the source of his own knowledge and skills, is an example of the tikanga of honouring one's teacher.
This tikanga (way of doing things based on traditional Māori values) is something that can sometimes be overlooked by students of the traditional arts. In this post we discuss the tikanga of honouring your teacher within Te Whare Pora (the house of weaving). If you're a carver - the same principles apply.
It helps to think of Te Whare Pora as a state of being more than just a place where weaving happens. If Te Whare Pora is built...