Sofia Minson - Whakapapa Origins  Oil painting on wooden board, 720 x 720mm, 2013 In the foreground a cosmic scene from the Maori creation myth takes place between sky father Ranginui in the form of stars, earth mother Papatuanuku in the form of Ngāti Porou’s sacred Mt Hikurangi, and their divine son Tāne Mahuta - the nude figure who lies between them in Te Pō, the darkness, with top knot flowing umbilical-like in strands of snow to the peaks of his mother mountain.

Sofia Minson - Whakapapa Origins Oil painting on wooden board, 720 x 720mm, 2013 In the foreground a cosmic scene from the Maori creation myth takes place between sky father Ranginui in the form of stars, earth mother Papatuanuku in the form of Ngāti Porou’s sacred Mt Hikurangi, and their divine son Tāne Mahuta - the nude figure who lies between them in Te Pō, the darkness, with top knot flowing umbilical-like in strands of snow to the peaks of his mother mountain.

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This stamp depicts Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother) being separated by their son Tāne. Rangi and Papa are the first parents in Māori tradition.

This stamp depicts Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother) being separated by their son Tāne. Rangi and Papa are the first parents in Māori tradition.

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