Package Deal - Set of 3 Large Wooden Blocks and Single Sided Puzzles (Poupou, Tiki & Taniwha)
Block Size 7cm x 25 cm
Puzzle Size 22,5cm x 31cm
Information printed on the back of tray to puzzle and for the blocks, the information is emailed to you upon sending resources.
One theory of the origin of the Hei Tiki suggests a connection with Tiki, the first man in Maori legend. The spiritual value of the Hei Tiki would be handed to the next generation to be worn. This is how the mana (importance) of the Hei Tiki increased and increases. The word “Hei” means to wear around the neck. Hei Tiki is a powerful good luck symbol. Tilted head is for thinking, hand is strength, mouth communication, heart is love and loin fertility. The Hei Tiki is worn as a Kaitiaki (Guardian). This Hei Tiki is hand carved out of Kahikatoa wood. Many Hei Tiki are made out of pounamu (green stone).
Poupou are carved figures representing Iwi (tribe) & Ancestors. They align the walls in Wharenui (Meeting House). Each Iwi is represented in their specific patterns and designs. In this example the patterning is called “Taratara A Kae” from the East Coast Iwi of Te Whanau-A-Apanui. Poupou are a sacred figure held in high regard. The poking out of the tongue can mean “Challenge”, “Defiance”, “Oratory”. Woven Harakeke features in the background of this image.
Taniwha are supernatural creatures whose forms and characteristics vary. Though supernatural, in the Maori world view they were seen as part of the natural environment. Taniwha are Kaitiaki (Guardian), or protectors.
Blocks can used for story telling, talk about ‘taonga’ and how these carved wooden blocks are a taonga and what tikanga would be around them as a treasure. They can be used as calm down time, select a taonga that you believe will ‘ground’ a child and give them some mana as they have been chosen to care for this taonga. Use them with puzzles that have Marae and Pepeha and talk about the stories that have made these pieces of art. The blocks are tactile and can also be used for the wairua (spiritual - mind, body and soul).
Each resource will enhance each other - Block to Puzzle/Puzzle to Block.