Whakauka Shawl PDF Knitting Pattern
“Whatungarongaro te tangata, toitu te whenua.”
(As woman/man disappears from sight, the land remains.)
– Māori Whakataukī (Proverb)
We Māori link our ancestral ties to landmarks; the mountain, the river are our ancestors. When I consider the concept of #LandBack, the link to the land becomes that of land stewardship as opposed to land ownership. Giving indigenous people sovereignty over their land means more than just living on the land. It means paying attention to the elements: Fire, Air, Water, Earth. It means finding a way to sustain the land, so the land will continue to sustain us.
All of this informed my Spring Mystery Sustainability KAL design for LadyDyeYarns.