Kete Raakei (decorative basket) ; Unknown; 81/77/65
Kete Raakei (decorative basket)
Maori kete Raakei (decorative basket/kit) made with harakeke (flax) fibre covered with red, white & blue lacebark loopsMaker
Harakeke (flax) and lacebarkInscription and Marks
"East and West Missionary Exhibition, Maori Court, Lacebark & Grass Kit (Coloured)".
This kete was exhibited in The East and West Missionary Exhibition, which was a display of missionary curios, combined with stalls and performances of native culture. The Palmerston North version included Maori, Polynesia, Melanesia, India, China, Palestine and Egypt, Africa, Esquimaux and Medical Missions. It was organized by the N.Z. Anglican Church in conjunction with local parishes in the exhibition area who provided the manpower. It was held in Wellington, 28 May - 7 June 1923, and in Palmerston North, 13 - 18 October 1924. A similar exhibition was held in Wanganui in 1925.This material comes from the Reverend John Frederick Mayo (1897-1956), Anglican minister in Kiwitea, 1905 - 1928, who helped organize missionary exhibitions in 1914, 1919 (Kiwitea), and the Palmerston North exhibition in 1924. He was also the New Zealand secretary of the Church Mission to Jews. He went home to Britain via America in 1916 and World War Two. Reverend Mayo died in Marton in 1956.
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