Strength / Pounamu / Sheridan Duncan
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'Strength' A beautiful Toki carved from from Inanga Jade from Te Tau Ihu o te waka-a-Māui. *
Toki represents strength and determination and endurance. Inanga jade is named after inanga (whitebait fish) due to its creamy colouring.
*Te Tau Ihu refers to the top of the South Island (Nelson–Marlborough). Te Tau Ihu sits astride the northern end of the mineral deposits which extend from South Westland. The location of such resources has been passed on in traditions. Tribes from the North Island were always attracted to this region because of minerals such as argillite, prized for tools and weapons. Through close scrutiny of the traditions and legends, greenstone has recently been rediscovered at several Nelson sites. (Learn more at https://teara.govt.nz/en/te-ta...)
Lore O Te Awa specializes in hand carved contemporary pounamu jewellery, that follows a traditional model of cultural preservation. The pounamu is collected in Aotearoa with the utmost respect, following the kaupapa of the local iwi. The pounamu is then blessed within flowing rivers, and held with mana as it is carved, sanded, and polished by hand.
Sheridan Duncan is the kaiwhakairo (carver) of Lore O Te Awa. She has a background in social work but after completing her Master’s Degree in Indigenous studies, she fell in love with pounamu. 'Pounamu (greenstone) connects the wearer to the past, present and the future. As you wear your taonga (treasure) against your tinana (body), you absorb it’s whakapapa (genealogy) and it absorbs yours. We all crave identity, purpose and belonging. Pounamu is and will forever be a tangible relic of all that was, all that is, and all that will be… and we are part of that story' Sheridan Duncan