JOHNSON, THE DESIGNER SAYS:
In creating the Maori alphabet set with Unclegoose, I thought that it would be great if we could use them not just for learning the letters, but as a way to learn about the important carving styles.
With this in mind, I decided that the carved figures should be the children of Rangi and Papa. For Maori children, knowing who these figures are and the narrative about the creation of Te Ao Marama and Te Ao Turoa is very important.
Considering this, the six different carved figures created are Tanemahuta, Tangaroa, Tawhirimatea, Haumiatiketike, Rongomatane and Tumatauenga. Each figure holds an item relevant to his character.
For example, Tumatauenga , auta o te pakanga, holds a wahaika (a Maori weapon), while Rongomatane, atua o te kumara me rangimarie, holds a kumara.
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