ma ¯ nava : the biography of living objects cresantia frances koya vaka ‘uta A response to Ngarino Ellis, “Te Ao Hurihuri O Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho: The Evolving Worlds of Our Ancestral Treasures.” Biography 39.3 (Summer 2016): 438–60 In the belly of earth the fire That birthed our people Melds red and black lava Into the exoskeleton of our collective body Bending the brown of her earth womb e g Th reen of her leaves e wh Th ite of her eyes It shapes the endless spiral that is Sky Land Sea And everything in between Contracts and refracts light e s Th piral is the story Of our collective body A connected History of past and future In a single thread of hair Her continuum breathing Beating time and space e o Th ne truth That we are only ever one people Biography 39.3 (Summer 2016) © Biographical Research Center 462 Biography 39.3 (Summer 2016) This clan Our legacy Wrapped in a cloak of protection Thick with yellow and black Our story is sourced from burning embers And captured In the pulse of living objects e Th se impervious blood-lines Swim and fly Like winged fish Through
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Published: Dec 21, 2016
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