TE AO URI NŌ TE-ARA-HITI

DANCE – HURA AVA TAU

THEME: MĀTĀARI’I, THE EYE OF NATURE

MĀTĀARI’I, IS MORE THAN A STAR WHERE THE CELESTIAL POSITION AND THE BRIGHT SHINING STAR AFFECTED THE FERTILITY OF THE LAND. TE AO URI NŌ TE-ARA-HITI RETURNED TO THE TERM MĀTĀARI’I AND REVEALS THE HIDDEN MEANING OF THIS WORD. FROM THE ARRIVAL OF THE CANOES FROM THE THREE CORNERS OF THE POLYNESIAN TRIANGLE UNTIL THE END OF THE THREE NIGHTS OF THE CEREMONY, THE GROUP TRIED TO EXPOSE THE CEREMONIAL ASPECT OR ESOTERIC ASPECT OF THE ‘ŌRO’A MĀTĀARI’I.
DURING A TIME OF MYTHS AND LEGENDS, WHERE MAGIC REIGNED, TE AO URI NŌ TE-ARA-HITI WANTED TO REPLACE THIS CEREMONY IN ITS CONTEXT WHERE EXPERTS AND LEGENDARY WARRIORS SAILED THE GREAT BLUE SEA TO BE SPIRITUALLY GUIDED TO THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN MAU’ORO (MOU’A-A-‘ORO SIS À TE PARI) WHERE THE FATHER WAITED FOR THEM, AS WELL AS THE MOTHER-EARTH GODDESS AND HER FLAME OF LOVE FOR HER PEOPLE. THIS AMAZING AND UNREAL STORY DRIVES US TO RECONSIDER THE REAL VALUES OF THIS FORGOTTEN PEOPLE, PEOPLE OF ORAL TRADITION, THOSE FOR WHOM THE WORD WAS THE AUTHORITY, THOSE WHO MARKED THE WORDS IN THE MEMORIES AND IN THE EARTH…

Theme author: Vaihei Paepaeta’ata