Bone Manaia, Te TauIhu Taonga
The Manaia represents a kaitiaki (protector) such as ones ancestors watching over them. It represents a connection to ones past and guidance into ones future
The Manaia is usually depicted as having the head of a bird, the tail of a fish and the body of a man. The Manaia was said to have the power to journey between the earthly, and spiritual worlds and is considered to act as a guardian for the wearer.
Te TauIhu Taonga
Lewis is a Māori Carver of Ngati Kuia, Ngati Apa Ki Te Ra To,and Ngai Tahu decent. He draws inspiration and ideas from his evolving knowledge of the rich history here in Te Tauihu, "Moa Hunter" Archaeological sites, and his whakapapa.
Lewis' main inspiration is his Tipuna, tangata whenua of te tauihu, and their tools and art.
He also draws inspiration from his granddad Selwyn Hugh Smith. Selwyn lived in Whakakitenga bay, in the Croisilles strait. This was the place where Lewis’s Tupuna lived, they made tools from Pakhoe and used them to carve their waka. Selwyn also collected Pakohe and it was the discovery of his grandfather's collection that sparked Lewis' interest in the world of stone used by his ancestors.
All the Taonga Lewis creates are one off pieces, created from locally sourced Pakohe, which he and his family collect.