Why Māori celebrate the ikura/period

“Ikura is a symbol of whakapapa.”

Sophia Wairoa (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou) is a student at the University of Waikato where she explores ancient Māori and Indigenous worldviews.

She shared with Ohinga, the unique Māori perspective of the period/ikura as sacred and a connection to our tīpuna. 

“The reason why ikura was seen as such a sacred gift is because it carries the life force of our ancestors. It doesn’t just connect us to here in Aotearoa, but it connects us to our whanaunga in Moana-nui-a-Kiwa.” 

This is part of our reo Māori series, Ohinga, created by Mahi Tahi Agency with funding from Te Mangai Paho. Stay tuned for a new episode every week.

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