“To take into care what is precious and sacred to indigenous people and facilitate the passing of

indigenous knowledge and cultural values from one generation to another”.

Emerging Indigenous Voices:  A New Generation of Artists

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Faculty Artist . . . Bethany Matai Edmunds

Bethany Matai Edmunds (Ngati Kuri) is a weaver and fibre sculptor whose work is strongly influenced by traditional Maori pattern design. Since graduating in 2000 with a degree in Applied Arts: Maori Design and Technology, her skills have developed through a passion for reviving traditional weaving practices and the preparation and use of native fibres as well as commercial fabrics such as denim.

Bethany is currently completing her Master of Arts at New York University and obtaining specialist skills in textiles conservation and work towards the repatriation of Korowai (Maori cloaks). As a faculty artist, Bethany will provide guidance with the cultural immersion segment of the residency and facilitate all art critique and discussions around the integration of traditional and contemporary arts styles and material culture.

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Bethany’s involvement in NYC as a performing artist

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Artist’s Statement: I am a Contemporary Maori Artist who has learnt the skills of traditional Maori cloak weaving from a young age. In 2000, I graduated from the Northland Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Applied Arts: Maori Design and Technology, and since then have exhibited throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand) and in 2002 displayed my work in Maorien Lurra An exhibition of Maori culture hosted by the Basque people of Northern Spain. In 2006, I participated in Pasifika Styles as an exhibiting artist and although not in attendance for the opening, I travelled to the U.K. alongside Kahutoi Te Kanawa to deliver a series of weaving workshops and demonstrations to museum workers and the public. I am currently completing a Master of Arts: Visual Culture, Costume Studies at New York University - with a specific focus on the storage and display of Maori Korowai (cloaks) within international museums and, in a boarder context the representation of Maori, Polynesian and Indigenous histories through the exhibition of material culture.


Bethany Edmunds and George Nuku are photographed by Greg Semu, wearing traditional Maori cloaks woven by Edmunds, and standing in front of Whakairo carvings by Nuku, and Kowhaiwhai paintings by Tracy Tawhiao. 2007

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