Kaitiaki (guardian) of medicine stories. She instructs how to balance the sacredness — tapu/noa (sacred/profane). This Moon Mother is evident in the Matariki skies on the Maori calendar which heralds the celebrations of the Maori New Year — we fly kites to augur the New Year. She instructs how to korero tika (speak the truth).
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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