The Land is My Ancestor I

Darcy Nicholas, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in New Zealand in circa 1982.
1250 x 1576mm
acrylic on canvas with feathers and manuka sticks
This work explores the complex nature Māori as tangata whenua (people of the land) have with the land, and as the title states that they have a deep connection with it. Be it Aotearoa as a whole, their own Turangawaewae - place to stand or their family home; the land itself is viewed as an ancestor - an entity where people come from, and which nourishes them. This in turn can be related to creation myths around Ranginui, Papatuanuku and Tane Mahuta and to tikanga such as burying a baby's placenta or whenua in their place of birth, home or in the grounds of their marae.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1982.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Dec 1982


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