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Bondage

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“Bondage” is obviously a statement about the way Pakeha and Maori are locked together because of the Treaty. It says ake ake ake on the padlock. Forever, forever, forever. But the image of Parkinson's Maori man’s haka at the lightly clad white woman suggests more in it’s construction of a narrative relating to what a Neolithic culture has had to take on and cope with as part of the new "unified" society of New Zealand. This Maori man is having to deal with the sudden need for a scientific, secular comprehension of what was a Neolithic existence and spirituality. The Pakeha woman stands in her B&D gear demanding that Parkinson’s Maori understand that with transcending the literal notions of Tapu he must also make make sense of a new World, dealing with the vast array of behavioral quirks that come with individual freedom and the modern desire to express them. Our Pakeha mistress looks powerfully across at the naughty Maori man ready to whip him into line. The posturing of Maori through the Haka's eye rolling, shouting, grunting and jumping, justifies the modern Western minds dispelling of such cultural behaviors as unsophisticated, crude displays of discontent..... Neither transcendence easy. Maori and Pakeha have to look into the other's thoughts to find common ground and faith, this is the bondage of colonization. No pain, no gain.