celebrating whakapapa, lineage, connections, and family history
A parata is a human-style face, usually with moko (facial tattoo). It represents a significant ancestor or influential person. These images are used to show the whakapapa (lineage) of places and tribal groups. As such, this work can represent anyone significant to you.
This work is an example of a half facial moko (tattoo). In both Pre-European times as well as today, moko are used to embellish facial features and are usually a sign of status and standing in one’s hapū (sub-tribe) and iwi (tribe). The lines and swirls represent aspects of one’s whakapapa (genealogical lines), character, and achievements.
The style of this work draws on traditional elements of carving from the Te Arawa (Bay of Plenty) and East Coast regions of the North Island. These elements are exemplified in the shape of the head, and the positioning and shape of the facial features (eyes, nose, mouth). The design of this piece is achieved through the use of chisel and mallet only, not with power tools or sandpaper.