As our tamariki (children) grow into adulthood, we, as parents, place blessings on them to ensure their safety into the adult world. This painting conjures images of our guardians in the spirit world manifesting through family totems, in this case the owl to guide our granddaughter onto the right pathways in life.
June Northcroft Grant
Te Arawa, Tūwharetoa, Tuhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao
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.”
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