Transmitting tradition is the key role of Polynesian Art.
From generation to generation, we inherit this authentic knowledge and skill from our ancestors.
For this reason, the techniques used in creating Art have barely changed. The methods remain just as precise. Such skill cannot be learned from books, it is something Artists must practice from a young age, a family secret.
Tradition dictates that one must only create when “Mana”, or inspiration is present. Each sculpture thus embodies the Artist’s unique aura and maintains a sacred relationship with its maker.
Although today sculpture is mostly used to create everyday objects such as the “umete” fruit bowl, or “penu” poi pounder, or to be exposed like the Tiki or “Tapa”, the Art form has not lost its magic and this special ancestral touch continues to be transmitted to us from above.