Donn Ratana
Sculptor and painter
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Donn (Ngāi Tūhoe) is a sculptor and painter based in Hamilton. Donn’s sculptural work illustrated here drew from the Tūhoe haka, Te Pūru—the bull being a metaphor in the haka used to belittle invaders. This haka was composed in 1864 as a Tūhoe response to the encroachment of the colonial invasion by the British Empire. The works represent the invaders and kūpapa.