A taonga in Māori culture is a treasured thing, whether tangible or
intangible. Tangible examples are all sorts of heirlooms and artefacts
like jewelry, land, natural resources such as geothermal springs, sacred
rivers, fisheries and places associated with myths. Intangible examples
may include language, stories, myths and spiritual beliefs. Toanga is a
thing of great value, which ascends material value.
After my journey through Aoteoroa (New Zealand) I decided to completely
dedicate a project to Māori myths, nature, mythical animals, gods and
taongas. I've been making depictions of the great Māori gods. Not in a
physical form, but in the shape of a taonga associated with the realm
they reside in.
All of the drawings are completely done by hand.
Technique: Ink on paper reproduced in a numbered series of 5
Size: 60x90 centimeterwww.roelvdbroek.nl