Words and music: Go East To Your Mountain

How testing my DNA unlocked the entire world for me

Go East of your mountain

Where he founded a home

Rest there – nothing said

Rest there – nothing unsaid

Go East beyond the swelling

Richness of oil, siphoned

A roadtrip through the Bay of Plenty and Eastern Cape of the North Island

To a father of a dying majority

You might see the clear water

Go east to my fortress

There look through my mountain

Again see the soldiers

Their advance guard is real

Go East of your mountain.

A roadtrip through the Bay of Plenty and Eastern Cape of the North Island
Sea grass looking beautiful
Maori nature ancient

From Words of a Kaumātua by Haare Williams, edited by Witi Ihimaera

Dr Haare Williams MNZM has been Dean of Māori Education and Māori Advisor to the Chief Executive at Unitec. He was General Manager of Aotearoa Radio. He set up a joint venture with the South Seas Film and Television School to train Te Reo speakers as producers and operators in film and television. He has worked closely with iwi claimant communities and was responsible for waka construction and assembly at Waitangi for the 1990 commemorations. He has published poetry, exhibited painting and written for film and television. He was a cultural advisor for the Mayor of Auckland and is Amorangi at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Published by Content Catnip

Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

3 thoughts on “Words and music: Go East To Your Mountain

    1. Thank you I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Yes timeless wisdom here from Witi Ihimaera that transcends cultures for sure! I gave this book to my dad for his bday, but first noted down all of the beautiful passages from the book to put on to Content Catnip 😊


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