A Message for the TenRed Tui
Collection: Red Tui 'Observations & Intimacy'
oil on canvas
520 x 1145mm
image copyright C. Brooking
This is the story of the ten Mori Ori men who discovered the up-turned meat pot (the most degrading insult imaginable to them) on their most sacred mountain, deliberately placed there by the uninvited Taranaki Maori. When the Ten came down the mountain, the Taranaki men were waiting and strung them up by their heels, killing the first nine, leaving only the tenth one alive so he could spread news of the Taranaki invasion.