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Canoe sails to Baoshan

THE New Zealand Pavilion's symbolic canoe has gone on show at Baoshan Folk Art Museum in Gucun Park in Baoshan District.

New Zealand's Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples unveiled the canoe at a ceremony at the museum yesterday.

The 10-meter long canoe is made from a kauri pine tree trunk some 3,500 years old and is adorned with Maori carvings.

During its Expo show, the canoe was carved with traditional designs by artists from Te Puia -- the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua in North Island.

Maori engraver James Richard said the designs echoed the ancient Chinese philosophy of yin and yang, the negative and positive principles in nature. The bulges on the Maori carvings were yang and the indentations yin.

The wave-shaped carvings on the canoe represented the three essences, namely the physical, cultural and spiritual, James said. The three forces intertwine as waves to push the boat on its journey.


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