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TIKI. Large wood & Stone carvings of humanoid forms in Central Eastern Polynesian cultures of the Pacific Ocean. Map of Polynesia. Mythology. In Maori culture of New Zealand, Tiki is the first man created by Tane, god of forests and birds.

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TIKI

  • Large wood & Stone carvings of humanoid forms in Central Eastern Polynesian cultures of the Pacific Ocean



Mythology
Mythology

  • In Maori culture of New Zealand, Tiki is the first man created by Tane, god of forests and birds.

  • Tiki finds the first woman, Marikoriko, in a pond and fathers the first child, a daughter, Hine-ahu-one.

  • Some legends say that Tiki was a god and using his blood and clay, created the first woman.

  • In Hawaii, the first man, Kumuhona, was made by the god Kane from a mixture of red earth and saliva. A woman was made from one of his ribs.

  • In Easter Island , the Moai symbolized the ancestors.




Tiki group in hawaii
Tiki Zealand 1905 Group in Hawaii



Laser scanning a moai
Laser scanning a Moai Zealand 1905


Hawaiian tiki
Hawaiian Tiki Zealand 1905


Contemporary tiki
Contemporary Tiki Zealand 1905


Create your own tiki
Create your own Tiki Zealand 1905

  • Draw an exaggerated face with a small, compact body. It can be male or female.

  • Draw the same figure from the side and back.

  • Glue several balsa foam blocks together with Elmers glue. Allow to dry overnight.

  • Lightly sketch design on balsa blocks with pencil being careful not to carve out design. Design should be on ALL sides.


Carving painting
Carving & Painting Zealand 1905

  • Begin gently carving design with clay knife. Work on all sides.

  • Smooth and round out carving with emery file and clay knife.

  • Gently brush off all dust with a clean, dry paint brush.

  • Mix colors of acrylic paint on shiny news paper ad sheets or in a styrofoam tray. Use only a small amount of paint. Thin paint with water.

  • Paint Tiki. Allow to dry over night.

  • If desired, gloss with polymer gloss medium.


Writing your story
Writing your story Zealand 1905

  • Write a 250 word myth about your Tiki.

  • Include country of origin, history, and an interesting story about what your Tiki does or represents.

  • Design a cover sheet for your myth.


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