One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A carved human figure that adorns the gable end of a Maori meeting house.‘these structures may be enriched with carved tekotekos’‘he points up to the tekoteko and says it is because of it that we are related’
- ‘The tekoteko is a stylized representation of the main progenitor of a tribe.’
- ‘Splinters ricochet from the one good eye of the tekoteko supine upon the floor.’
- ‘There are two known Maori tekoteko which depict Mary and Jesus.’
- ‘Another photographer's favourite will be the giant tekoteko (carved figures) around Eden Park.’
- ‘The tekoteko on the rooftop in front of the house represents the head, and the maihi (front barge boards) are the arms held out in welcome to visitors.’
- ‘Your eye would be drawn to the carved tekoteko, or ancestral figure that stands guard over the entrance of every carved house in this country.’
- ‘He made the Auckland Museum tekoteko around 1845.’
- ‘It’s never been established who carved the tekoteko displayed here.’
- ‘Giving Maori people the crumbs at the second level is a nonsense, and we've made it quite clear we are not interested in being a tekoteko (i.e. symbolic figurehead).’
- ‘Both tekoteko are good examples of cultural exchange between Maori and Pakeha.’
Mid 19th century: Maori.
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