Limited edition print. 75 signed prints.
"Tuke" is the New Zealand Rock Wren, a tiny reclusive bird, which spends its life hopping and flitting through the alpine boulder fields of South Island's high country.
Like all of Sofia's native bird and wildlife paintings and prints, she sees the work as a reminder of our role as kaitiaki or guardians of the natural world. Humans introduced predators to Aotearoa and unfortunately Tuke, like many of our feathered taonga (treasures) they make easy targets. Tuke even more so than usual because they are poor fliers and nest on the ground.
Tāne created the forests when he separated his parents, Ranginui (sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother), and let light into the world. As Tāne Mahuta he is god of the forest, presiding over its plants and birds. As Tānenui-a-rangi he is creator of the first human.
The forest is a living thing
just as I breathe and live.
Every leaf, every tree,
every insect, every bird,
feels and knows this.
When I enter its domain,
I know I enter the House of Tāne.
- From Maori Natural Lore