Dame Joan Metge ; Sofia Minson; 2011; 2012.005

Name/Title

Dame Joan Metge

About this object

Anthropologist, Dame Joan Metge is an outstanding example of the many Pākehā New Zealanders who have helped non-Māori to come to terms with Māori. She trained as an anthropologist , doing her first work in the Far North and Auckland. She traced the shift from country to city for her first book, 'A New Māori Migration.' She has since written nine other books.

Sofia Minson's mixed Māori (Ngati Porou), Swedish, English, and Irish ancestry has sparked her interest in how we relate to the culture of our ancestors in a contemporary world. Born in Auckland, Minson spent much of her childhood in Samoa, Sri Lanka, and China due to her father's civil engineering work. Minson graduated from Auckland University, won multiple national art awards, and is heavily involved in charity work.

Maker

Sofia Minson

Date Made

2011

Medium and Materials

Oil on canvas

Subject and Association Keywords

Metge, Joan

Subject and Association Description

Dame Joan Metge
1930-

Anthropologist Joan Metge, whose firm childhood friendship with a Māori opened the public’s eyes to an otherwise hidden Māori world, is an outstanding example of the many Pākehā New Zealanders who have helped non-Māori to come to terms with Māori culture and history. Now recognised within the New Zealand honours system, she trained as an anthropologist, doing her first fieldwork in the Far North and Auckland. Her first book, 'A New Māori Migration', traces Māori migration (which began in the 1950s) from country to city; her subsequent writings and work record her teaching, and share the knowledge, insights and rewards of cross-cultural dialogue as she stresses the need to “continue to debate and work out how to relate to each other, with the Treaty as our guide.” ("Tuamaka", 2013)

Credit Line

NZPG

Object Type

Painting

Object number

2012.005

Rights

All rights reserved

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