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Whetūrangitia / Made As Stars

Whetūrangitia / Made As Stars

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This publication was created to accompany our exhibition Wheturangitia/Made As Stars (03 Sep 2022 – 19 Feb 2023). This show explored the real-time lived relationships first cultures have with their gods through the work of contemporary Indigenous artists from around the world

The book features exhibition images and nine essays with topics like Indigenous philosophy, the politics of place and the power of language to define how we think about non-Western histories and whakapapa (lineage).  Contributors include scholars from Aotearoa and beyond including Brian Martin, Carl Mika and Te Kahuratai Moko-Painting.


Professor Brian Martin is the director of Wominjeka Djeembana Indigenous Research Lab and is a descendant of Bundjalung, Kamilaroi and Muruwari peoples.

Carl Mika is Māori of the Tuhourangi iwi and a Professor in Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Canterbury, specialising in Māori and Indigenous philosophy, with a particular focus on its revitalisation within a colonised reality. 

Te Kahuratai Moko-Painting is Ngāpuhi - Ngāti Manu, Te Popoto  currently researching the Maramataka (Māori lunar-stellar-ecological calendar) and whakapapa of Ngāti Manu. He is a Kaiwhakaako – Teaching Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences and Te Ao Māori Curriculum Development Manager for the Faculty of Science at Waipapa Taumata Rau – University of Auckland. 

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