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US art site criticised for shower curtains depicting Māori ancestors

Published: 1:49PM Tuesday June 21, 2016

  •  (Source: Fine Art America website)
    Tamati Waka Nene portrait depicted on a shower curtain for sale - Source: Fine Art America website
  •  (Source: Fine Art America website)
    Heta Te Haara portrait depicted on a shower curtain for sale - Source: Fine Art America website
  •  (Source: Fine Art America website)
    Portrait of Paora Tuhaere depicted on shower curtains, duvets and cushions for sale. - Source: Fine Art America website

An art website selling shower curtains depicting images of Māori ancestors and toi moko is being taken to task for cultural misappropriation.

Fine Art America offers buyers the chance to have famous Gottfried Lindauer portraits displayed on shower curtains, cushions and duvets for $67 to $110 US dollars.

Mana leader Hone Harawira, whose ancestor and namesake Tamati Waka Nene features in the sale, is outraged.

“It sucks. I mean if the guy wants to make money out of shower curtains, put his own ancestor on the shower curtain. If his ancestors are boring or not that marketable, well that’s his problem, but don’t use mine.”

Most of the images have been taken down, but as of 6pm on Tuesday a number of the images, including that of Tamati Waka Nene, currently remain on sale.

 

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