Commission
Artist
Cori Marsters
Material
Rata
Form
Rākau Whakapapa
Size
970x40x40mm

Rākau Whakapapa

Geneological staff
The rākau whakapapa is a long carved stick with an elongated head at the handle end and stubby projections along one side. Its projections are used by orators to symbolically reference people – from one generation to another – each generation descending down from the carved figure at the top.