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MANA WAHINE SERIES
Mana Wahine - Cameo

Feathers were highly valued by Wahine Maori as a symbol of status and beauty. In contrast, European women valued the cameo because of its connection to Kings and Queens. Two taonga (treasures), different cultures, similar meaning.

Many manu (birds) are regarded as kaitiaki (guardians). They can symbolise strength, endurance and spiritual power. They also hold a feminine and angelic quality.

Mana Wahine Cameo touches upon colonisation on a deeper level and unfolds a narrative about beauty standards. In particular, the impact of western culture on wahine Maori.