Nikau Hindin is reviving the traditional artform of Aute.
The full time artist is a bark cloth maker and currently living in Turanga (Gisborne). Her Aute pieces are adorned with celestial patterns, combining ancestral knowledge of Kapa and star navigation.
In this episode we talk about how Hawaii helped Nikau find her calling, how art school almost turned her off being an artist and, that time she ran off to be in the circus.
Just like Maui pulls islands up out of the ocean towards him, that is what you are doing when you are voyaging. You’re not moving, the islands are moving towards you. It’s a valuable conceptual shift. Voyaging or celestial navigation as a metaphor, if you know where you’re going and how to get there, you are more empowered in your pathway.
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