Kia ora e hoa,
Migrating once more
It seems so long time since my last update. So much happened in 2016 and that’s continuing into 2017. We sold our big campervan, which then funded two tiny cottages, a 2006 Subaru Outback and left a little over. As usual we are wintering over in Ohope having escaped from Castle Hill as the big snowfall arrived. Leaving the alpine basin for the sea shore is a huge change of scene. At the last count we have a list of 35 local birds in the north, with blue herons, ducks, weka, kereru and kiwi replacing the kea and rifleman of the south.
Sending wonderful Taonga offshore
The big news is that Te Wairua Tapu… The Sacred Spirit exhibition… which is based on the artworks created for Song of the old Tides… has been invited to California. We have been working towards this for years and it happened this way.
Back in the mid-1990s, Andy Taniwha Pona said, “I am the Keeper of the Natural Lore. Take that lore to the world to heal the people and the planet.” Out of that came Song of the Old Tides and much more. It called the Twelve Pouwhenua forth plus eight tanned hides with the ancient families of humanity depicted in cave painting form against a background of beautiful hand-dyed silks. And thus, the exhibition was born.
Yet, it moved not from our shores until Kent Ferguson and Birgitte Aarestrup met to bring together a vow and a venue. At the launch of Song of the Old Tides and the Exhibition in 2004, Kent vowed to take them overseas. And that came to pass when Birgitte shared her dream of opening her home in Santa Barbara, with its purpose built art gallery, to honour the wisdom and treasures of ancient cultures.
Meanwhile, unaware of this, we called for Paikea, a special whalebone carving, to be returned from California because its work there was done. Carried by Cheryl, who was on a New Zealand journey, Paikea was with us when Kent visited to announce the way had opened for the exhibition to move. Perfect timing! Paikea of the ancient Whale Trails, which crossed the wide Pacific, had arrived to open the way for the sacred lore to move beyond our shores.
Paikea was the ancestral chief of the Whale People. Several years ago, a gale in the Chatham Islands exposed a five-metre length of whale bone that radiocarbon dating estimated was 3,495 years old. Carved from this the Paikea amulet was a gift from Keremia Armstrong, a taonga to move with our work.
I’ve been moved to share some of the words I wrote for the Pouwhenua and their journey.
For the Nineth Pouwhenua: Song of the Nights of Chaos
Old wounds can cut so deep they pass down the corridors of time to destroy life.
Binding the wounds, trying to stem the flow with empty words is not enough.
Hiding the past, setting aside the hurt by putting it out of mind, sows seeds of a dangerous kind.
Kia Kaha! Have courage! Face the Chaos that we made and go beyond blame to heal the past. Truth opens the way.
For the Tenth Pouwhenua: Song of the Rainbow Mind
We are of the Dreaming, the Rainbow Mind that crosses the frontiers of space and time.
Great power resides within paradox; the letting go that moves more than we can ever truly know; the letting go that frees us from expectation… and learns from every outcome; the letting go that takes us beyond judgment and into compassion; the letting go that cuts us loose on the river and trusts the journey; the letting go that admits the presence of a guiding Spirit within the flow.
We are of the power of the Third Eye, the doorway to the Spirit Mind.
Life in the slow lane is fun!
We had intended to fly to California to be with the exhibition. But my cardiologist said, “You are grounded. Stay home, walk a little, play a little, write a little or a lot, but fly far away you will not!”
And he is right! What an incredible land we have to explore and enjoy! I don’t feel fenced in or denied. The slow lane is fine… it enhances the view and frees the spirit and the mind.
Arohanui from Barry and Cushla
Te Wairua Tapu – the Sacred Spirit Exhibition
Te Wairua Tapu – the Sacred Spirit Exhibition is to be in Santa Barbara, California from 14th October to 23rd December 2017.
After that, who knows…..
Email us at: [email protected] for further details.
Watch the 3 videos
This link stoneprint.co.nz/challenging-margins-time/ will take you to three films:
1. Challenging the Margins of Time – Barry and art teacher, Gavin Britt, talk of the Song of the Old Tides cover illustration and the gateway fcarved by children aged 10-13 at Chisnallwood Intermediate School.
2. The Making of Tomorrow – the story of Song of the Old Tides and the pouwhenua that were created to illustrate the twelve chapters of the book.
3. The Blessing Ceremony to send the Te Wairua Tapu Exhibition off to Santa Barbara, California