Whakapapa Is Like The Whole Forest (61 x 61cm)

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Whakapapa Is Like The Whole Forest (61 x 61cm)

900.00

When I began to learn about my own family history and cultural identity, I was deeply impacted with the understanding of whakapapa (Māori genealogy). Not only does this connect us with each other, but whakapapa is our connection with the land and creation itself. This is what it means to belong and I started to think, that if pākheā genealogy is expressed as a tree, then whakapapa is like the whole forest, because everything is connected.

This understanding healed within me a sense of abandonment that I had felt all my life. To be connected to not only a people, but to the land and creation, gave me such a sense of wholeness.

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‘Whakapapa Is Like The Whole Forest’ has been created to restore an understanding of identity and self worth. We are all connected, to each other and the earth itself. We have all been created for purpose, each one of us and we are all valuable. You need to know your life matters.

Multiple layers of acrylic paint and iridescent inks on linen, 61 x 61cm.