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Just because I find you attractive doesnt mean I like you. You appeal to my eyes, not my heart or mind. It’s not that deep.
illustration from Wilhelm Dittmer’s Te Tohunga, 1907
They say you’re born the way you’re meant to be
And I was born with indigeneity.
With warrior blood, the strength in my veins
With roots in the land, where my history remains.
I was born to a culture I never got to touch,
I was born in a body that I hated so much.
The light of my hands and…
Whanau (Path of Life) pendant, Kerry Kapua Thompson (Ngāti Paoa)
Greasepainted Maori dancer entertains tourists at a New Zealand hotel
National Geographic | September 1971