"For all of us, becoming indigenous to a place means living as if your children's future mattered, to take care of the land as if our lives, both material and spiritual, depended on it." - Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass
I was born and raised here in California. Growing up I was aware of my ethnicity being half Samoan (Father) and half Maori (Mother). It wasn’t until I was a young adult I finally felt the need to reconnect and learn more about my family’s origin . So taking the time to journey and visit the lands of my parents was such an enriching experience. I’m grateful my parents moved to America so we could have the opportunity to live the “American Dream”. I’m also grateful that I can still connect back to cultural traditions and incorporate them into my modern life and my son’s upbringing.
“This beautiful throw blanket was designed by Inspired Natives Collaborator, Kyle Reyes (Hawaiian), in honor of the first peoples of the Pacific to navigate the ocean, gather resources and information, and bring it back to their people. The name "Voyages" refers to the voyage each Pacific Islander and indigenous person must make to connect to their histories and heritages, inviting them to do so with purpose and intention. Rich with meaning, the design weaves together elements from six different Pacific Islander traditions: Hawaiian, Tongan, Samoan, Fijian, Maori, and Tahitian...The blanket incorporates symbols from these traditions that represent courage, time and space, previous generations of warriors and leaders, the blood spilled in defense of the 8th Generation (Hawaiian) or (Maori), and the lines of canoes who journey together in community. It principle colors, brown and blue, symbolize the connection between the ocean and the wood of the navigator's vessels. The blanket's central paddle design comes from the original Native Hawaiian flag from before Hawaii was colonized, paying homage to Kyle's people and the Kingdom of Hawaii.” -