indigenous

THE MAORI HEALERS OF NEW ZEALAND

THE MAORI HEALERS OF NEW ZEALAND

Traditional Maori legends and rituals come from a Polynesian homeland. It is believed that everything has a spiritual essence – land, nature, and humans. This essence is called Mana. New Zealand practitioners of rongoa Maori, known as tohunga or healers, are offering their knowledge to the world.

I spent time travelling and volunteering throughout New Zealand in 2011, learning about Maori culture, healing and the creative arts. There is a strong sense of respect for nature and wildlife in this part of the world. The local people I stayed with were resourceful and humble. New Zealand is an immensely beautiful place to explore and experience reconnection with the earth.

AN EVENING WITH BRUCE PARRY

AN EVENING WITH BRUCE PARRY

Last night was spent with Bruce Parry, at The Eden Project. He was showing his new film, Tawai. Bruce has spent years working on this project, hoping to reach our hearts with this story. This film is no comparison to his TV shows on the BBC. I’ve watched Bruce Parry for years, and love what he has brought to the screen. But this film was an entirely new experience – one I felt a deep connection to.

Upon arrival, guests were gathered in the canopy of the rainforest biome. We were treated with canapes made from jungle food – and donuts.

THE BUNUN PEOPLE OF TAIWAN

THE BUNUN PEOPLE OF TAIWAN

The Bunun are a group of people indigenous to Taiwan. Their tribe is well-known for vocal traditions and song. I spent a year in Taiwan, teaching English. Any moment I had the opportunity to escape city life and head to the hills, I took it. Indigenous culture, art and music stirs a curiosity within me. During my year in Taiwan, I learned about these cultures and traditions.

The Bunun tribe are the fourth largest aboriginal tribe in Taiwan. They are well known for their eight-part polyphonic singing, and speak Bunun.