Contexts for Becoming and Belonging
About the Cover
The cover features a painting by Tūhoe artist Donn Ratana. It comes from his series called Te Wero (the challenge).
On important occasions, when New Zealand Māori greet visitors, wero are the first cultural ritual undertaken by the host’s lead warrior. The warrior challenges the visitors as he advances with fierce eyes and taiaha (wooden staff) in hand. Carefully he lays down a token of greenery or plumage at the foot of the leader from the visiting party. How the token is retrieved signifies the visitor’s intention for future collaboration.
Metaphorically, the wero in this book challenges the reader to critically consider their own role in perpetuating socially unjust circumstances that continue to marginalize Indigenous and other minoritized peoples. Our book poses power-sharing solutions for becoming and belonging that are relational and culturally responsive, and if appropriately undertaken, have the potential for future inclusion. ← xxi | xxii →
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