He Wā Tuku Reo: Giving Voice to Māori in the Grand Narratives of Colin McCahon
In the extensive literature surrounding McCahon and his work, his engagement with te reo and te ao Māori has been considered by both Māori and non-Māori authors, who have offered contrasting perspectives on this issue. This article will compare these perspectives and argue that some Pākehā commentators have failed to understand the perspectives of Māori authors who have been critical of his engagements with Māori language and culture. Further, this article will examine the framing of the Māori critique of McCahon in the broader context of his status as New Zealand’s most written about, exhibited and celebrated artist.
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