Hiapo: Past and Present in Niuean Barkcloth

Pule, John; Thomas, Nicholas

Published by Otago University Press, 2005
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1877372005 Fine. Cloth 4to. Most known pieces of hiapo (barkcloth or tapa) were produced in the mid to late ninetennth century. The authors have visited museums in North America, the Pacific, and throughout Europe, where the pieces are now dispersed. They have also traveled to Niue to glean information from old people, and talked to many others about the past and present significances of these works of art. 159pp Bibliography. Color, b/w photos, map. 1st edition. > Language: English | > Size: 4to | > Media/Binding: Hardcover |. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: "Hiapo" is the word for barkcloth or tapa in the language of Niue. The aim of this book "is to reveal the power of a remarkable art, that until now has been obscure to all but a few specialists" - the painted hiapo of Niue island in central Polynesia.

About the Author: John Pule was born in Niue and is a professional artist living in Auckland. He frequently draws on the traditions and mythology of Niue in his work. He is also a poet and novelist. Nicholas Thomas's books include Entangled Objects, Oceanic Art, and Possessions: Indigenous Art/Colonial Culture. He has also curated several exhibitions, most recently “Skin Deep: a History of Tattooing” for the National Maritime Museum, London, and “Cook's Sites” for the Museum of Sydney.

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Title: Hiapo: Past and Present in Niuean Barkcloth
Publisher: Otago University Press
Publication Date: 2005
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine

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