Wai: Understanding Maori and Indigenous Concepts of Water

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  • Wai: Understanding Maori and Indigenous Concepts of Water

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  • Humanity and Earth are at an important juncture: the intersection of past unsustainable approaches to environment and the potential for a sustainable future. An important factor in these issues is listening to the voice of indigenous people on the subject of environment. It is quite clear that the West will not by its own means resolve climate change issues. Dr Te Huirangi Waikerepuru, a highly respected Maori Kaumatua (elder) from Aotearoa New Zealand will lead a session based around indigenous concepts of Wai – water or flow. This is central to the installation exhibited at 516Arts.

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