Maori Taonga bid farewell to Paris

Press Release – Te Papa

The story of Māori political development is preparing for the next leg of its journey, as E Tu Ake: Standing Strong ends at de musée du quai Branly in Paris. Maori Taonga bid farewell to Paris

The story of Māori political development is preparing for the next leg of its journey, as E Tu Ake: Standing Strong ends at de musée du quai Branly in Paris.

E Tu Ake: Standing Strong has been displayed in Paris as Māori: Leurs trésors ont une âme. The exhibition sees ancestoral Māori treasures stand alongside contemporary works to show artistic depth and political aspirations of this vibrant indigenous culture.

“This has been an eye-opening and life-changing opportunity for European audiences to walk with Māori and understand the impact our traditions have on our political action and futures”, says Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Kaihautū (Maori Leader) Michelle Hippolite.

Te Papa warmly thanks musee du quai Branly for its support of the exhibition as well as the visitors who came to share the traditions, experiences and stories of the people involved.

The end of E Tu Ake: Standing Strong will be marked by a closing ceremony at which a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between the musée du quai Branly and Te Papa. The memorandum cements a collaborative relationship between the two institutions which is a marque of the friendship and co-operation between France and New Zealand.

E Tu Ake: Standing Strong moves to the Museo Nacional de las Culturas in Mexico City, which is managed by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia. The exhibition runs from early April until late July, after which it moves to the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City, Québec, Canada.

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