Lisa Reihana

Hinewai

Hinewai by Lisa Reihana

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Kei te titiro iho tētahi kōhine, he kiri muramura, he āhua mauri tau, he ngāwari, he āio. I ngā maunga o Te Urewera, ko Hinewai he hāuaua, ko tōna tuakana a Hinepūkohurangi, e kitea pātata ana, he kohu. He tūrehu ngā wāhine, ā, ko ā rāua kōrero, he mea hāngai ki te aroha a Uenuku ki a Hinepūkohurangi. I roto i tētahi atu kōrero, ka moe a Hinepūkohurangi i a Te Maunga. Ko tā rāua tamaiti ko Pōtiki, he tupuna o Ngāi Tūhoe, nā reira e mōhiotia ai te iwi o Tūhoe ko Ngā Tamariki o te Kohu.

A young woman looks down, her glowing skin and serene expression convey lightness and calm. In the mountains of Te Urewera, Hinewai is the light rain and her older sister Hinepūkohuragi, shown nearby, is the mist. The women are tūrehu (fairies) and their stories are intertwined with Uenuku, who fell in love with Hinepūkohurangi. In another tradition, Hinepūkohurangi married Te Maunga (the mountain). Their son was Pōtiki, an early Ngāi Tūhoe ancestor, and this is why Tūhoe people are known as the Children of the Mist.

Title
Hinewai
Artist/creator
Production date
2001
Medium
colour photographic print on aluminium
Dimensions
1390 x 1190 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2002
Accession no
2002/3/4
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
On display

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