Women are ‘te whare tangata’ (the house of humanity) in Mātauranga Māori,
deeply respected for the ability to create life – new beings and new creative forms.
she sings a waiata for the sacred feminine
ūkaipō, who is mother, source of nourishment
whaea, who is mother & aunty, source of guidance and unconditional love
Papatūānuku – the primordial earth mother
she is accompanied by rua āhua taniwha
two forms of guardians and guides.
Taniwha o Rangitikei in yellow-green with Pūkana –
a fierce facial expression messaging the
passion and protection for the communities to whom she is responsible, and the seeds that are now on their way to becoming trees of their own.
Taniwha in red-oranges represents Te Wheke Kamaatu
– the octopus of great wisdom –
by Dr. Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere.
The eight limbs are dimensions of total well-being and development.
A map to wholeness within and among all peoples.
she sings from and with female organs
Her face looking out from within the uterus
Her voice connected with the cervix, supported and energized by the pelvic floor & breath of life
Her shoulders rest beneath the ovaries, housing seeds of future possibility
Her hair in waves and rhythm of moana/ocean that responds to the call of marama/moon
The marama hua / moon full shines from behind
The rhythms of this constant cycle
providing direction and right-timing.
Reminding when it is most fruitful to dream, plant, tend, harvest, and rest.
Giving light to the shadowed parts of this journey –
the aspects rich in minerals and metals that bring richness to our whole.
At first, hard won, and with age can come with an unexpected grace.
Marama invites learning, development, and abundance
And calls for us to share, to create, and to share some more.