Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
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Hine-nui-i-te-pō • Ancestress of the Night

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This goddess was the daughter of the god Tāne and Hine-ahu-one, the earth-formed maiden. Amid the chaos of the relationships of the founding gods, this goddess, Hinetitama, assumes a new name and retreats to Hades, the great darkness, and becomes the goddess of the underworld, Hine-nui-i-te-pō.

June Northcroft Grant

June Northcroft Grant

ONZM

Māori

Te Arawa, Tūwharetoa, Tuhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao

(1949- )

June graduated from the Waiariki Polytechnic in Rotorua with a Diploma of Craft Design in 1989. Inspired by her ancestors and their art, she continues the tradition for the future generations of her family. Her work is often interwoven with powerful figures and stories from her tribal histories. She says, “Each time I paint the story of one amazing tupuna (ancestor), another comes to light with yet another fascinating contribution to the histories of the tribe.”