Image: A Maori kete made by Lisa Ward

A Maori kete made by Lisa Ward

This kete lends itself to many Maori cultural narratives as a receptacle of knowledge and wisdom. The traditional artform is contained in the story of how Tane Mahuta (the God of Forest) obtained for all mankind the three kete of knowledge from Io, the supreme spiritual being. In a modern sense, the kete enables a traditional practice to be meaningful to contemporary communities by rejuvenating their tribal knowledge related to the gathering, production, use, and purpose of such kete.

Stuart Humphreys
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