Māka by Dalani Tanahy
Hand beaten, Hawaiian kapa bark cloth from home grown paper mulberry trees. Hand stamped with bamboo ohe kapala stamps using olena (tumeric), squid ink, alae (red earth), and watercolor
The ongoing and recent incidents surrounding the TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope) on Hawaii islandʻs Mauna Kea, along with other sacred sites globally that pit large corporate entities against the wishes of native peoples, continues to illustrate the targeting of specific places with plans that will benefit the greater good, even if those plans entail destruction, pollution and displacement. For now, Mauna Kea remains Māka, the “target” of Native hopes and foreign desires.
You can learn more about Dalani and her artwork here.