Barry Barclay was a pioneer in the global indigenous film movement. His socially and politically incisive documentaries and dramas stand as towering landmarks in the history of native arts and sovereignty. His thinking about indigenous intellectual property rights influenced generations of artists and paved the way for a new paradigm of film making.
Barry’s legacy includes:
- Tangata Whenua, 1974 – groundbreaking television series about Maoritanga
- Ngati, 1987 – first feature by a Maori director
- Te Rua, 1991 – feature film exploring issues of cultural property, museum politics and native political activism
- Feathers of Peace , 2000 – docu-drama confronting the colonial history of the Maori people of Rekohu (Chatham Islands)
- Mana Tuturu: Maori Treasures & Intellectual Property Rights, 2006 – seminal book on indigenous arts and cultures as taonga.
Barry was honored as a Member of the Order of New Zealand in 2007. He died at his home in Hokianga, Aotearoa, on 19 February 2008 age 63. Barry’s body was returned to his turangawaewae at Whangaehu Marae in the Wairarapa.
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