Papatūānuku – mother earth
In Māori tradition, Papatūānuku is the land. She is a mother earth figure who gives birth to all things, including people. Trees, birds and people are born from the land, which then nourishes them.
Whenua, the word for land, also means placenta, the organ that nourishes a baby in the womb. Islands are seen as placentas from Papatūānuku’s womb. Traditionally, when a baby is born, the placenta and umbilical cord are buried in a special place. People who have authority over an area of land are called tangata whenua (people of the land).
Much tribal land was lost in the 19th century, against the will of the tribes. Because of this, many people felt they had lost their sense of foundation and stability.
Ref: Te Ara Encyclopedia of NZ
Title: Papatūānuku – Mother Earth
Medium: Ink on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 102 Artwork Project 313
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