Nature in Whale Rider

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The search for the next whale rider shows the Maori’s connection of nature through their culture because without a leader the Maori culture would have no main strive to preserve their customs. The Maori people have a main leader who is head of his iwi and must make decisions for the people. This leader is Koro Apriana who has already found the next leader (Pourangi) but wants to find the nest leader after him to preserve their culture. In fact, the beginning of Whale Rider is the Creation Story which shows how the first whale rider, Kahutia Te Rangi, creates the Maori people and land with spears of life on the Ancient Bull whale (3-7). Also, Kahu tells the Ancient Bull whale “let us go now” (129) to save the Maori culture as she says later, “let the people live” (130). The search for the next Whale Rider, along with Koro and Kahu going to the ocean for solace, and the beaching of the whales show how important nature is in the Maori culture. Koro and Kahu going to the ocean for solace shows the Maori’s connection of nature through their culture because this shows how nature soothes them when they are frustrated, sad, angry, etc. Koro constantly fights with his wife, Nanny Flowers, and usually storms off having the last word. After that he will get into his boat and steer to the middle of the ocean where he pouts all he wants “he jumped into the row boat and made out to sea” (15). Kahu gets upset when she is yelled at by Koro. If Kahu gets angry or sad, she goes to the beach and sits down to calm herself. For instance, Kahu was upset the night before and the nest morning went to the beach. “I saw Kahu far away silhouetted on the sand” (54). The search for the next Whale Rider, Koro and Kahu going to the ocean for solace, and the beaching of the whales show how important nature is in the Maori culture. The beaching of the

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