Ko te manu e kai i te miro nōnā te wao tapu nui a Tāne Mahuta. Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōnā te ao.
The bird that feasts of the miro belongs to the great forest of Tāne Mahuta. The bird that draws sustenance from knowledge will inherit the earth.
Kauri and Kahikatea were used in the process of making ink for facial moko as they produced an ultimate black. Their soot was mixed with sap from hīnau and tī kouka among others. These plants aided the healing process because of their antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
About the artist
Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi)
Currently based in Wellington, Bridget holds a Masters in Māori Visual Arts, first class honours through Massey University, and a PGDip in Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University. She has a collaborative practice with Mata Aho Collective, and her musical aspirations are realised through The Live Jukebox, which has performed other people’s songs at Te Papa Tongarewa, Camp a Low Hum, and Shannon.