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A bit about the Maori people and a great song!

The Maori people are an Eastern Polynesian group that has an amazing history in New Zealand.

I find the Maori culture so rich and interesting.   You can learn a bit about the culture and people online.  This is the link to the Wikipedia site.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%81ori_culture

Here is a documentary if you are interested to learn more about their history.

I found this great motivational song today!

He Kakano Ahau
Born of Greatness
Hohepa Tamehana, 2001

It is from the Maori culture, and this is the website that has the translation for English lyrics –

http://folksong.org.nz/he_kakano_ahau/index.html

This is the video on youtube that helped me find this wonderful and motivational song.

I am a seed
Scattered from Rangiatea
And I can never be lost
I am a seed, born of greatness
Descended from a line of chiefs,
I am a seed.

Wherever I may roam
I will hold fast to my traditions.
My language is my cherished possession
My language is the object of my affection
My precious adornment
My language is my strength,
An ornament of grace

Whenever I stand,
I am clothed by my ancestors
My pride I will show
That you may know who I am
I am a warrior, a survivor
I am a remnant

Wherever I may roam
I will hold fast to my traditions.
My language is my cherished possession
My treasured Tiger Shell
My precious ornament
My language is my strength,
An ornament of grace

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Isn’t that beautiful?

Remember that you are a child of the earth, the sky, and the spiritual world as well.  You were meant to live a life full of prosperity and greatness.

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  1. October 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I went to college and worked with many Maori. They are a wonderful people. Have you watched them dance with poi balls? If not, just search youtube for poi ball dance.

  2. October 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Great post and song Sally, I really like the lyrics they are very inspirational : )

  3. October 9, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    WOW! What a delightful post and song, Sally! Thanks so much for sharing. Their lyrics are truly inspirational.

    • October 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      Appreciate your note Alexandra!

  4. October 10, 2012 at 11:55 am

    You are a funny person Sally. I think your ministry would be to make people enjoy their life

  5. October 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    How amazing! I have never heard of this and found it so impressive! Thanks for sharing…I love learning about new things!

  6. October 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Great video & song, Sally! Thanks.

    • October 11, 2012 at 1:09 am

      I am glad that you liked it Norma!

  7. October 15, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Wherever I may roam
    I will hold fast to my traditions.

    I picked out these two lines from the lyrics … Really something to think about. Thanks for sharing!

    • October 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks so much for your note.

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