Mana Maori and a Mongolian Bow

Last week saw the welcome return of several of the Living Cultures collection exceptional Maori objects. In October 2010 the objects were loaned to the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, the Netherlands. They were included in the stunning exhibition Mana Maori: The Power of New Zealand’s First Inhabitants which ran from October 2010 until May 2011. The Living Cultures collection is home to over 250 Maori objects, a significant amount of which are of international importance. One such object is the 19th century kuwaha, or carved doorway, which many visitors to Mana Maori saw for the very first time.

0.7857, Maori Kuwaha, Aotearoa, 19th century. The Manchester Museum Living Cultures Collection.

Furthermore, last week also saw the arrival of  Mongolian performance artist Enkhbold Togmidshiirev as part of the Asia Triennial arts festival. Not only was Enkhbold able to give a wonderful performance using his traditional Mongolian ger, or tent, and a lecture, he was also able to see some of the Mongolian bows and arrows in the Archery collection. In an enlightening discussion Honorary Curator of Archery Wendy Hodkinson and Enkhbold shared their enthusiasm, experience and knowledge of the objects. The moment was captured in the images below, in which you can see Wendy, Enkhbold and  interpreter Tsendpurev Tsegmid.

Stephen Terence Welsh

Curator of Living Cultures


3 thoughts on “Mana Maori and a Mongolian Bow

  1. Pingback: Preservation of ‘Living Cultures’ & Mongolian bows at the Manchester Museum « Tsendpurev Tsegmid

    • Hi Tsendee,

      I really enjoyed reading your blog post about your experience at the Manchester Museum. We may only be a relevatively small museum in comparison to some more regonisable institutions but our collections are equally as amazing.

      It was wonderful to have the oppurtunity to share the bows with you and Enkhbold. As the Curator of Living Cultures it’s imperative that I work in collaboration with members of source or diaspora communities to achieve a truly mutlicultural dialogue. In this way objects are culturally resuscitated and mutual respect generated.

      I do hope you’ll be able to come and visit us again soon.



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