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Foveaux  ·  129 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New Zealand has granted legal personhood status to a river. A mountain is next.

In meetings at my workplace we often start with a Mihi - mine involves my river, mountain, place of birth etc. All spoken as though these are a part of me. It's quite nice, especially now I think of other people maybe not having that kind of connectiuon.

in my area, we were certainly raised on the Maori culture and language regardless of who you were. I first learned to count to ten in Maori, according to my parents. This piping little voice going "tahi, rua, toru, wha.."