Being Māori & feeling the threat of LA: Te Aitanga a Pōkai Whenua 6

We left Flagstaff, AZ, yesterday for the long drive across Arizona and California to Los Angeles. Seven hours driving, two rest stops, and one more dramatic stop for a broken awning and we hit the traffic on the I-15 and I-10 towards San Bernadino. I had thought I had driven in busy traffic before, but I… Read More Being Māori & feeling the threat of LA: Te Aitanga a Pōkai Whenua 6

The Navajo Nation: Te Aitanga a Pōkai Whenua 4

Asdzą́ą́ Nádleehé, Changing Woman, was the daughter of First Man and First Woman. She herself was the mother of the twin sons of Jóhonaaʼéí, the sun. When she encountered Jóhonaaʼéí again after her twin sons had defeated the monsters that beset the lands, he wanted her to join him permanently. She outlined the terms on which she would… Read More The Navajo Nation: Te Aitanga a Pōkai Whenua 4

The Hopi of Oraibi & tino rangatiratanga: Te Aitanga a Pōkai Whenua 3

We visited two First Nations’peoples, and I had initially thought to write about them together. However, the Navajo and the Hopi are so different from each other that it didn’t make sense.On our first full day we visited Oraibi (it is said Orayvia) village on the Second Meza (a meza is a plateau) in the Hopi… Read More The Hopi of Oraibi & tino rangatiratanga: Te Aitanga a Pōkai Whenua 3