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1 Aotearoa _New Zealand - NZ Maori Reportage DSC00413

Today New Zealand's emblem the Silver Fern leaf.

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2 Aotearoa Land of the Long White Cloud - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6920

“He ao, he aotea, he Aotearoa”. It is a cloud, a white cloud, a long white cloud exclaimed to the Maori siting of their new found land .This then became - Aotearoa - “Land of the long white cloud”.

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3 Navigation - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC0199

Many believe that whales guided the Maori canoes on the journey to Aotearoa - New Zealand

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4 Bird Sign - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6223

For the voyaging Maori the site of sea birds was often a good indicator land was close

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6 The separation of the Gods - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6889

The separation of the Gods Papatuanuku (Papa), the Earth mother, and Ranginui (Rangi), the Sky father bought light into the world.

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7 Tane Mahuta God of the Forests - NZ Maori Reportage DSC_2282

Tane Mahuta the god of forests, and all which inhabits the forests

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8 Tawhirimatea God of the Elements - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC0032

God of winds and storms - the elements

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9 First Light - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6873

After a long time and with all his might God of the Forests, Tane, finally managed to separate the Gods Sky Father and Earth Mother, and for the first time the children saw the light of day come streaming in.

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10 Rakau tipua supernatural trees - NZ Maori Reportage DSC_2316

Sometimes trees and rocks were seen as embodying supernatural entities and were termed tipua. Rakau tipua _ supernatural trees

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11 God of Uncultivated Food - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC0042

Haumia god of uncultivated foods.

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12 Kea _ created by the God of the Forests - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC0009

Tane Mahuta the god of forests, and all which inhabits the forests

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1 Ancestral Guardians - NZ Reportage _DSC6133

Maori carvings have a variety of functions such as Guardians. They would be placed around the boundary of a property as protectors and to ward off unwanted visitors approaching especially at night time. They often represent an ancient ancestor.

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2 Three Fingers - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6149

Maori carvings have a variety of functions such as Guardians. They would be placed around the boundary of a property as protectors and to ward off unwanted visitors approaching especially at night time. They often represent an ancient ancestor. Many theories have been put forward to explain the characteristically three-fingered hand and there are various explanations given. Such as that the three fingers represent the Holy Trinity - which is dismissed as nonsense.

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3 Fingers and Tattoo - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6176

Maori carvings have a variety of functions such as Guardians. They would be placed around the boundary of a property as protectors and to ward off unwanted visitors approaching especially at night time. They often represent an ancient ancestor. A notable feature of some figures is the care and attention devoted to facial tattooing, Many theories have been put forward to explain the characteristically three-fingered hand and there are various explanations given. Such as that the three fingers represent the Holy Trinity - which is dismissed as nonsense.

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6 Ancient Bird - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6470

Maori carvings have a variety of functions such as Guardians. They would be placed around the boundary of a property as protectors and to ward off unwanted visitors approaching especially at night time. They often represent an ancient ancestor. or sometime creatures such a bird like figures.

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7 Tribal Ancestor - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6381

Maori carvings have a variety of functions such as Guardians. They would be placed around the boundary of a property as protectors and to ward off unwanted visitors approaching especially at night time. They often represent an ancient ancestor.

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1 The Marae and Wharenui - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6935

The Marae, a meeting place, is a Moari community facility which consists of a highly carved meeting house, Wharenui, a dining hall, a cooking area and a Marae Atea a sacred place in front of the meeting house. The Marae is a symbol of Maori tribal identity. Today the Wharenui is considered to represent an important tribal ancestor.

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2 Wharenu - NZ Maori Reportage i_DSC6588

The Wharenui was originally built to represent Ranginui, the God of the Sky and Papatuanuku, the Goddess of the Earth

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3 Maihi - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6318

The barge boards represent the outstretched arms of the ancestor

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6 Traditional Maori Carving - NZ Reportage _DSC6577

The meeting house has detailed Maori carving throughout.

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7 Heke - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6353

Represent the ribcage The Marae, a meeting place, is a Moari community facility which consists of a highly carved meeting house, Wharenui, a dining hall, a cooking area and a Marae Atea a sacred place in front of the meeting house.

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8 Tahuhu and Heke Decorated - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6355

Represent the backbone and the ribcage of the ancient ancestor. The Tahuhu is has a carving of the Gods Ranginui, Sky Father and Papatuanuku, Earth Mother.

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9 Earth Mother - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6583

The earthen floor of the meeting house is said to represent Papatuanuku, Earth Mother.

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10 Tahuha and Heke - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6585

Represent the backbone and the ribcage of the ancient ancestor.

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11 Poupou - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6584

The carved posts, poupou, along the wall represent the children poised in the act of separating their parent the Gods of the Sky and Earth.

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12 Ancient Ancestor - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6710

The carved figure on the front gable represents the ancestor whose name the meeting house represents. The Marae, a meeting place, is a Moari community facility which consists of a highly carved meeting house, Wharenui, a dining hall, a cooking area and a Marae Atea a sacred place in front of the meeting house.

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1 Another God - NZ Maori Reportage DSC_3250

With European settlement came Christianity

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2 St Faiths Anglican Church - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6951

St. Faiths Church is located in the Maori village of Ohinmutu on the side of Lake Rotorua on New Zealand's North Island

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3 Changing Gods - NZ Maori Reportage DSC00204

St. Faiths Church is located in the Maori village of Ohinmutu on the side of Lake Rotorua on New Zealand's North Island. The first Christian service was held in 1831.

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4 Sanctuary with High Altar - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6657

The Sanctuary incorporates Maori carvings.

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5 High Altar - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6665

The High Altar is a blend of Maori carvings and Christianity with the 3 crosses representing Christian meaning. Tapu, spiritually powerful, sacred, it is one of the strongest forces in Maori life

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7 Supporting Christianity - NZ Maori Reportage DSC00288

It is said that the carved figures at the base of the Pulpit – with the coming of Christianity the Maori are seen to support it.

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8 Maori Input - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC00277

The Memorial Window – The styalised green fern fronds around the window and the cross are the traditional Maori emblem of mourning.

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9 Maori Influence - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC00280

The figure of Christ seems to be walking on the lake located outside the church. Christ is wearing a Korowai a cloak usually worn by Maori chiefs.

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10 Accepting their God - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6638

The carved archway incorporates both Maori figures and the Christian cross,

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11 Accepting another God - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6648

The carved archway incorporates both Maori figures and the Christian cross,

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15 Nothing Spared - NZ Maori Reportage DSC_2034

Ruaumoko _God of Earthquakes After Rangi and Papa had been separated, Rangi cried, and his tears flooded the land. To stop this, it decided to turn Papa face down, so Rangi and Papa could no longer see each other's sorrow. Ruaumoko was at his mother's breast when this happened, and was carried into the world below. It is considered that his movements below the earth cause earthquakes, volcanoes and other disturbances

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17 A God Walks - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6492

Ruaumoko _ God of Earthquakes After Rangi and Papa had been separated, Rangi cried, and his tears flooded the land. To stop this, it decided to turn Papa face down, so Rangi and Papa could no longer see each other's sorrow. Ruaumoko was at his mother's breast when this happened, and was carried into the world below. It is considered that his movements below the earth cause earthquakes, volcanoes and other disturbances

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18 Ruamoko Walking - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6494

Ruaumoko _ God of Earthquakes After Rangi and Papa had been separated, Rangi cried, and his tears flooded the land. To stop this, it decided to turn Papa face down, so Rangi and Papa could no longer see each other's sorrow. Ruaumoko was at his mother's breast when this happened, and was carried into the world below. It is considered that his movements below the earth cause earthquakes, volcanoes and other disturbances

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20 A Gods Creation - NZ Maori Reportage DSC_0051

The Gods seem to have created a face on New Zealand's highest mountain peak Mt. Cook

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21 Tane's Creation - NZ Maori Reportage DSC_2312

Tane-Mahuta, the god of man and forests, and all which inhabits the forests,

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8 Facial Tattooing - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6580

Maori carvings have a variety of functions such as Guardians. They would be placed around the boundary of a property as protectors and to ward off unwanted visitors approaching especially at night time. They often represent an ancient ancestor. A notable feature of some figures is the care and attention devoted to facial tattooing,

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9 Grotesque - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6581

Maori carvings have a variety of functions such as Guardians. They would be placed around the boundary of a property as protectors and to ward off unwanted visitors approaching especially at night time. They often represent an ancient ancestor. There are two main classes of human figure, those with a more or less naturalistic head and those with a grotesque head.

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10 Ancient - NZ Maori Reportage Ansestor_DSC6182

Maori carvings have a variety of functions such as Guardians. They would be placed around the boundary of a property as protectors and to ward off unwanted visitors approaching especially at night time. Many figures in Maori carving are said not to be religious, but secular. They do not represent idols, but renowned ancestors of the tribe.

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11 God Like Protectors - NZ Maori Reportage DSC00425

Maori carvings have a variety of functions such as Guardians. They would be placed around the boundary of a property as protectors and to ward off unwanted visitors approaching especially at night time. They often represented an ancient ancestor.

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12 Double Figure - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6913

Maori carvings have a variety of functions such as Guardians. They would be placed around the boundary of a property as protectors and to ward off unwanted visitors approaching especially at night time. They often represented an ancient ancestor.

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13 Tattoo - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6724

Maori carvings have a variety of functions such as Guardians. They would be placed around the boundary of a property as protectors and to ward off unwanted visitors approaching especially at night time. They often represented an ancient ancestor. A notable feature of some figures is the care and attention devoted to facial tattooing,

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14 Incorporating the Tattoo - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6853

Maori carvings have a variety of functions such as Guardians. They would be placed around the boundary of a property as protectors and to ward off unwanted visitors approaching especially at night time. They often represented an ancient ancestor. A notable feature of some figures is the care and attention devoted to facial tattooing,

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15 Lizard in Hand - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6699

Maori carvings have a variety of functions such as Guardians. They would be placed around the boundary of a property as protectors and to ward off unwanted visitors approaching especially at night time. They often represented an ancient ancestor. Some tribes believed that the lizard represented death and misfortune others believe it is a guardian.

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16 The Eight Beating Hearts - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6696

Represent the eight children of an Arawa tribal leader. The eight children became known as Nga Pumanawa e Waru, the eight beating hearts. Through their marriages they cemented the formation of the tribe of the Te Arawa of today.

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17 Seven Sons One Daugher - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6698

Represent the eight children of an Arawa tribal leader. The eight children became known as Nga Pumanawa e Waru, the eight beating hearts. Through their marriages they cemented the formation of the tribe of the Te Arawa of today.

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18 Red to White - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6367

Paint arrived with the European settles which saw carved figures changing colour from the traditional red ochre to white paint.

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19 Hei-Tiki - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6228

Said to depict the first mortal to be born to the Gods - Hei-Tiki

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22 Gods Combine - NZ Maori Reportage DSC_2673

Earth, water and element combine to create a magical landscape.

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23 Light Begins to Shine - NZ Maori Reportage DSC_2904

In the beginning there was no sky, no sea, no earth and no Gods. There was only darkness. When the separation of Sky Father and Earth Mother was complete there was a sky and an earth

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24 Tangaroa God of Rivers and Streams - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC0058

Tangaroa was the first son of Rangi and Papa, and god of the sea, rivers, and streams.

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25 Ancient Tribal Homeland - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6237

Mokoia Island rises 180 metres above Lake Rotorua in New Zealand. This Island is sacred to Maori of the Te Arawa tribe of that region.

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26 Tribal Homeland - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6244

Mokoia Island is both fertile and isolated. Over the centuries is has been occupied by many sub-tribes from the region Mokoia was valued both as a defensive site and as a unique kumara (sweet potato) plantation. Mokoia Island was once a thriving village to Maori and missionaries with an estimated peak population of 2000 or more.

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27 Altar of the God - NZ Maori Reportage __DSC6931

Rising above the cloud the peak of Mt Ngongotaha which overlooks Lake Rotorua, was known as Te Tuahu a te Atua - The Altar of the God.

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1 Maori Waka - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6301

Maori built their waka, canoes, for everyday life such as traveling and fishing. They were also design for war - to transport the warriors to their battlefields. Many had carved figures at the bow and stern depicting Gods and ancestral Guardians for various purposes such as offering safe passage, protection.

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2 Gods Onboard - NZ Maori Reportage DSC6304

Many had carved figures at the bow and stern depicting Gods and ancestral Guardians for various purposes such as offering safe passage, protection.

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3 Maori Canoe - NZ Maori Reportage DSC6945

The canoes could range in size and style from small, undecorated canoes, waka tiwai, to large ornamented war canoes, waka taua, which could be as large as 40 metes long.

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4 The Waka - NZ Maori Reportage DSC6941

The canoes could range in size and style from small, undecorated canoes, waka tiwai, to large ornamented war canoes, waka taua, which could be as large as 40 metes long.

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5 Figurehead - NZ Maori Reportage DSC00295

Represents the Eight Pulsating Hearts of Te Arawa.

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6 Tawhirimatea and Tumatauenga - NZ Maori Reportage DSC00302a

The carvings at the stern of the Waka Taua, war canoe, are of two Gods. Tawhirimatea who controls the elements, and Tumatauenga, the God of War and Confrontation.

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7 In Motion - NZ Maori Reportage DSC00303

The carving on the side of the Waka Taua represent the successive generations that link us with our ancestral origins.

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4 Keeping Maori Tradition - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6745

Student at the Maori school of Art and Craft continues the tradition of Maori carving.

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5 Maintaining Maori Tradition - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6756

Student at the Maori school of Art and Craft maintaining the tradition of Maori carving.

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6 Old and New - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6737

The old red ochre carvings inspire the new work by students resting alongside.

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7 Hand carved Creation - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6783

Traditional hand carving styles are maintained

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8 Celestial Guardian - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6791

Traditional hand carving styles are maintained to create a Celestial Guardian

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1 Heavenly Origins - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6776

At the entrance of the Maori school of Art and Craft. Te Heketanga a Rangi - Heavenly Body. Twelve contemporary carvings reach skyward. Each representing a celestial guardian.

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1 Weathering - NZ Maori Reportage DSC_2300

Greenstone is Nephrite jade and is the only type to occur in New Zealand which is found only in the south island. It can be found along river courses having been washed down from the mountains due to weathering.

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2 Selecting the Stone - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6802

Maori carver selecting the Greenstone, for his next project. Pounamu is the Maori name for this special Greenstone.

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3 The God Stone - NZ Maori Reportage DSC6805

Pounamu is the Maori name for Greenstone and plays a very important role in Maori culture and is sometimes referred to as the God Stone.

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4 On the Drawing Board - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6844

Each craftsman imparts their interpretation of Maori tradition into their work.

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5 Creating a Hei-Tiki - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6831

There are various theories as to the symbolism of hei-tiki - one is said to be that they represent the goddess of childbirth

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6 Hook in Greenstone - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6663

Pounamu plays a very important role in Maori culture it is considered a treasure and come in a variety of designs. Such as a fishing hook which signifies abundance, prosperity and good health. A device for catching good luck and energy as well as providing a safe passage over water.

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7 Carving - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6819

Highly skilled Maori craftsman working with Pounamu - Nephrite jade.

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8 Maori Tradition - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6825

Each skilled craftsman imparts their interpretation of Maori tradition into their work. Such as a fishing hook which signifies abundance, prosperity and good health. A device for catching good luck and energy as well as providing a safe passage over water.

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9 Koru - Unique to Maori - NZ Maori Reportage _DSC6690

Greenstone is Nephrite jade and is the only type to occur in New Zealand, and which is only found in the south island. Considered as the God stone to many Maori who since they discovered it have been creating tools and symbols from this unique semi-precious stone. Kuro is said to be inspired by the fern frond unfurling as it grows.

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