A set of illustration developed with Toi Tangata. These visuals form part of an education programme that uses pūrākau to help whånau connect with måtauranga Måori in their everyday life to improve their hauora.
The programme is an innovative way of viewing culture as a key component to health and wellbeing. Through the story of Hineahuone and kurawaka, whānau are invited to see that they too are atua, “he atua he tangata”, “ko au te taiao, ko te taiao ko au”.
Brain development is visualised through the lens of Māori creation stories – te orokohanga o te ao. From lizard brain which exists in the long night – te pō roa, to the dawning of potential – as the rays of light from the atua, Hinetītama, are spotted beneath the armpit of Papatūānuku, earth mother, and creative thought and innovation are born into Te Ao Mārama.
Rich with cultural reference these illustrations are specifically designed to help those working with whānau. Pictures are often more memorable and easier to connect with than words.
Digital illustration created on an Ipad Pro – can be projected-live, printed or shared online. It is able to be refined until it is perfect.