Artist Dwayne Pahi O’Carroll Unveils Māori Culture

Champlain College and the CCM Division welcome New Zealand artist, Dwayne “Pahi” O’Carroll, for a month-long Artist Residency during September 2019. 

As part of the Artist Residency, Pahi will complete an intricately detailed carving, or a Pare whakairo on black walnut. The campus and community are invited to see Pahi who will be hand carving daily in the Rozendaal Courtyard (in front of EATS) under a white tent. He will also engage with faculty and students about Māori culture and artistic practices. 

This project celebrates Champlain College’s relationship with Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand as Study Abroad Exchange Program Partners, as well indigenous peoples throughout the world, fostering cross-cultural engagement and understanding through the arts. 

About the Artist – Pahi is a Māori Artist and Kaiwhakairo (carver) with over 20 years of experience. Since 2015, he has taught indigenous knowledge and practices through the art of carving at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary education providers (www.twoa.ac.nz/). In 2018, Pahi completed the Diploma in Māori Visual Arts and most recently earned a Masters of Applied Arts in Whakairo (Māori carving). Pahi’s carvings can be seen at pahboyarts.com/

Pahi transports the black walnut he will carve for the Pare whakairo project

About the Project – The body of work Pahi is creating at Champlain College is a Pare whakairo or carved door lintel. The Pare is traditionally located above the entrance to the wharenui (traditional Māori meeting house). The stories and narratives within carved lintels vary throughout the many tribes of Aotearoa, but the common theme is the representation of ancestral lineage, tribal stories, and narratives. It is also a visual indicator that you are traversing from one space to another. 

The Pare whakairo for Champlain College is represented through Māori designs and motifs to show the connections between Champlain and AUT, and also to evoke the bonds between the indigenous peoples, the Abenaki and Māori. It recognizes and acknowledges the Abenaki, and how indigenous peoples, their values, beliefs, and traditions, are interconnected. 

For more information about this project contact:
Dean Paula Willoquet-Maricondi at pwilloquetmaricondi@champlain.edu.