Title: Rangi rāua ko Papa
Artist: Maakarita Paku
Iwi: Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Muriwhenua, Lakota Oyate
Artist Statement: Sky Father and Earth Mother in Te Kore, Te Pō.
Before the light there was darkness but from within the darkness all life existed. Within the darkness specs of light, colour and life wriggled and competed for space and the opportunity to shine. The primal parental embrace of mother and father begat the creation of the world of light Te Ao Mārama! As their offspring multiplied so did their potential and inherent knowing.
This is one of a series of drawings developed over many years inspired by the karakia Hue, Hue. He whakatangi pūoro whakarata i te whakawhānau pēpi, nā te rangatira a Hirini Melbourne, nō Ngāi Tūhoe
Hue, hue, hue puruhau
Hue, hue, hue puruwai
Hinepūtehue whakarata i te riri
Hinepūtehue momi i te hau pūkeri
Te āiotanga o ngā haumātangi a Tawhiri