Title: Tangotango

Iwi: Ngāti Raukawa

Artist: Awhina Osborne

Description: One of a series of Atua Wāhine (Māori Goddesses) Māori anime style. An ideal gift for children but suitable for people of all ages. Some iwi say that Tangotango was a child of Papatūānuku and the mother of many celestial bodies, such as Matariki.

Artist Statement:  Tangotango is the ancestral celestial goddess at the centre of our galaxy surrounded by the stars.  She is a beam of light that brightens the darkness in the skies of our cosmos the galaxy.  She fell in love with the great hero Tāwhaki descending to earth so that she could become his wife.  From their union, Tangotango gave birth to a daughter named Arahuta.   

 

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Awhina Osborne

Āwhina Osborne is from Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Tukorehe. She is the first rangatahi artist in residence at the Māoriland Film Festival, Āwhina is an environmental artist specialising in the personification of the natural Māori world. Nurtured by whānau, her love for Papatūānuku (Earth Mother) is her source. ‘I just love to draw!’ Āwhina and her Mum, Aroha Spinks, work with a graphic designer to digitise her artwork for sale. She is mentored by many whānau members who support her in pursuing her passion to draw and become an artist.

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