A Tohunga’s Natural World

Positive by Nature


(*wise person / teacher / one who has been taught the old ways.)

“I think part of the reason why more trees don’t seem to be able to grow now compared with the old days is that they are alone. Because if you go into the bush you never see one kawakawa over there by itself and another over there but itself. They always grow together, like whanau, and thats what trees actually like. The whanau issues and kinship issues come up all the time. People are happier when they live with others – like a family – and its the same for plants. I can always tell people who live by themselves. They act differently, and it shows. With plants, its the same thing, so I grow all my plants in groups, just like the old people did, because then you get more healthy plants and you get better…

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About Makere

A Maori/Scots New Zealander transplanted to Canada. Grandmother, academic, indigenous scholar, sometime singer, sometime activist, who cares passionately about our world.
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