Kite-Making by the Maori People of New Zealand
Lecturer: Well, good morning, everyone. As you know, we’ve been looking at different kinds of art and craft that were practiced by the married people of New Zealand at least before the Europeans began to arrive in the 18th century.
So the focus of this lecture is kite making. How the kites were made, their appearance on the purposes they served well, let’s start with why that one night. As with other Maori artistic traditions, kite-making involved certain rituals. So firstly, only priests were allowed to fly and handle the largest, most sacred kites.