Project 313 | Artwork 69 – 31 July

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Title: Kia orana (hello in Cook Island)

Medium: mix media on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 69 Artwork Project 313

This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313

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This week is Cook Islands’ language week. My mother’s homeland in Aitutaki. Kia orana is hello. I wish my mother taught me the reo (language) when I was a child and also my dad teaching me the reo in maori also. Back in the Cook Islands when my mother went to school she was punished for speaking her native tongue. My dad was the same when he went to school he too was punished for speaking the reo. Unfortunately they didn’t want the same for me and my 9 other siblings.
Today the challenge now is to learn our reo. Kia orana to my ansestors that survived, warfare, sickness, travelling across the oceans and today I am here.

Title: Kia orana (hello in Cook Islands)

Medium: mix media on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 69 Artwork Project 313

This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313

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