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This shawl pattern was directly inspired by the legend of Paikea (formerly named Kahutiaterangi), the demi-god who rode a whale to Aotearoa - ancestor to the Ngati Porou tribe, living on the east coast of the Northern Island.

As a descendant of Paikea and as part of the Ngati Porou iwi, I created this shawl in honor of the Whale Rider legend and as a contribution to the Maori arts.

As you work through this top-down crescent shawl, experience the journey of the Whale Rider. Can you see the body of a whale swimming through the blue seas of the Pacific?

Like the great whale itself skillfully navigating the waters, fly through the first section of simple eyelet garter stitch with ease before reaching the crystal blue waters of the shore. The seafoam stitch may look intimidating, but in practice, it’s very easy to do.

Where do you come from? What is your people’s origin story?

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Francoise Danoy
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