Hokimate Harwood

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Hokimate Harwood

Ko Hokimate Pamela Harwood tōku ingoa

Ko Ngāpuhi-nui-tonu te iwi

Ko Te Māhurehure, Ko Ngāti Rangi, ā Ngāti Moerewa ngā hapū

He Kairangahau pūtaiao taku nei mahi (Bicultural Science Researcher)


Hokimate’s specialist area is conducting bicultural science research that incorporates the microscopic identification of feathers and hair in ethnological items.  The feather identification and description of Te Papa’s Māori cloaks in 2007 has built a knowledge base around interpreting traditional Māori bird and feather use.  This research has contributed to books, papers, conference proceedings, exhibitions, public talks, museum acquisitions and loans, school and education programmes, workshops, conservation and collection management of taonga in national and international museums, private collections, and for iwi Māori and marae.  It is anticipated this research will continue to reconnect taonga with iwi Māori.

Hokimate’s research has also facilitated the provenance of museum taonga Māori using museum archival, collections and photographic records.   Hokimate is currently a PhD candidate at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Whakatāne where she is completing her doctoral research project – Te Reo o Te Kākahu – a chronicle of the language and history of Māori feather cloaks.

Relevant publications:

Harwood, H. P. (2011). ‘Identification and description of feathers in Te Papa’s Māori cloaks’. Tuhinga Records of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 22: 125-147.

Harwood, H.P (2011). ‘Ngā tohu o ngā kairaranga: the signs of the weavers’.  Memory Connection, Journal 1(1): 437-450.

Harwood, H.P. (2014). Ko Tītokowaru: te poupou rangatira, Tītokowaru: a carved panel of the Taranaki leader. Tuhinga Records of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 25: 16-24.

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