Whakapapa Is Like The Whole Forest

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Whakapapa Is Like The Whole Forest

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‘Whakapapa Is Like The Whole Forest’ from my Journey Home series. A journey of finding my way home, discovering family, exploring culture and understanding identity.

Multiple layers of acrylic paint and iridescent inks on linen.

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When I started to learn about my own family history, I was amazed with the concept of whakapapa. Much more than the pākheā understanding of genealogy, whakapapa incorporates Māori connection to the land and creation, as well as to each other. Whakapapa not only includes one's family and tribe and the connection we have with each other, but also traces genealogy right back to creation itself, incorporating the spiritual realm. I started to think that if pākheā genealogy is expressed as a tree, then whakapapa is like the whole forest, because everything is connected.