Weaving Biodiversity Art Project:
Artist Tanya Ruka is leading a collaborative project with local community gardens & gardeners. Creating a series of 3 digital weavings promoting Te Ao Māori concepts of Manākitanga, Kaitiakitanga, Māramatanga.
Manākitanga is a digital weaving of HD video footage of the soil in the whau.
This is one of the most important Te Ao Māori principles as it builds strong whanau family and community ties. This is achieved by extending aroha love, hospitality and mutual respect. When we do this all parties involved are elevated through humility and giving.
This concept is reflected in the ethos of community and shared gardens across nga whenua the land.
In Maori creation stories Tane Mahuta God of the forest created Hineahuoneone the first woman from the soil of Papatuanuku. This is why soil is considered sacred and ceremonial rituals of respect were performed during the planting of Mara kai food gardens to feed the tribal community.