What is the Purpose of the Tukutuku panels in Maori Art?
The purpose of Maori art is to represent ancestors and to tell stories. Maori had no written language so they recorded all their history in their artworks. Stories were shared and passed on from generation to generation by word of mouth, people telling their stories to their children. The only way to capture these stories in a permanent way was as carvings or other artworks. Every artwork in the Wharenui has a purpose and tells its own story.