Manawahine

 

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Name

Tia Martin

Iwi

Ngāpuhi

School

Whangarei Girls' High School

Year

13

Title

Manawahine

Media

Photoshop

Statement

As a pale-skinned Māori, I’m often asked how Māori I am“. Not to mention the very awkward question “If you're Māori, how come you're white? I don’t think anyone means any harm by asking these questions and I try not to feel offended but it’s challenging to explain whakapapa from a culture that isn't widely understood. After all, you can’t “see” whakapapa. Colour, on the other hand, is very visible. I have always felt as though my identity was constructed on shifting sands. One minute I belong as Māori, the next minute I feel like I’m on the outside looking in. Building and creating this art piece I have learnt to always have faith in my culture and to not doubt myself based on other people's opinions. Using the kōwhaiwhai to explore the history of my tūpuna and my own story yet to come.

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