Qiane Matata-Sipu celebrates the resurgence of the maramataka with this interesting and accessible article.
Our tūpuna developed the maramataka based on their close relationship and understanding of our taiao. It connects the whenua, rangi and moana. By closely observing the environment, those clever tūpuna were able to identify days each month that were better suited for particular activities and to help predict the season ahead.
The maramataka can tell us the best days for planting, fishing and harvesting while also telling us high and low energy days, the effect those days can have on people’s moods and how you should best spend your day.
Click on the link above to read the full article on The Spinoff website.
Main image of moon sourced from Te Papa website, courtesy of Maurice Collins.