March 14, 2019
Shared survival celebrated in Santiago pou
A pou gifted to the people of Chile has been named Ngā Mōrehu, those who remain.
The pou was named by Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta in Santiago this morning in a ceremony hosted by Chile's indigenous Mapuche people.
It was carved by New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute master carvers James Rickard and Karaitiana Kurehe while the Toi Iho show was in Chile.
It includes a representation of the earthquake god Ruaumoko and Haehae and Patiki symbols derived from the ancient practice of mourners scarring their bodies to release grief.
They also symbolise the scars Ruaumoko leaves through earthquakes and the connection of Chile and Aotearoa through the Pacific Rim of Fire.
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