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Focus on New Zealand

Sat., Sept. 14, 2013 | 11 am – 1 pm

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members or with UW ID

The Burke Museum offers a look at Maori culture and traditions with music and crafts for children and adults. Maori carver Caine Tauwhare (Ngāi Tahu/Waikato) will demonstrate traditional carving methods and talk about symbolism and imagery in his work. 

Caine is visiting from New Zealand for the dedication of a bench he carved for the New Zealand Forest at the Washington Park Arboretum. Te Tini A Maui (the many descendants of Maui) will present a Haka, or war dance, and traditional songs from New Zealand. The group is made up of members of many New Zealand tribes, who now reside in Vancouver B.C.   

The Arboretum will celebrate the opening of its 2-acre New Zealand Forest on Sunday, Sept 15 from 11 am – 2 pm at the Pacific Connections Meadow, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the new garden, live performances by Te Tini A Maui, family activities and refreshments. For more information about the Arboretum event, please go to www.arboretumfoundation.org or call 206-325-4510.

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