The Puketoi Station textiles and what they can tell us
In this informal and free floor talk Dr Catherine Smith will discuss the different textiles and plants that form the Puketoi Station textiles, and what they show us about the people that made them and how they lived.
Catherine is a Senior Lecturer in the Archaeology programme, University of Otago and has research interests in material culture, in particular analysis of early Māori textiles, as well as developing innovation in provenancing, materials investigation, and textiles preservation. Through exploring textiles, Catherine aims to illuminate the relationships between people, plants and culture in New Zealand. She is co-PI (with Dr Donna Campbell and Mrs Ranui Ngarimu) of ‘Whakaarahia anō te rā kaihau! Raise up again the billowing sail! Revitalising cultural knowledge through analysis of Te Rā, the Māori sail’ (Te Apārangi Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund 2018-2020).