Mana Wahine Cameo Black
Feathers were highly valued by traditional Maori women as a symbol of status and beauty. In contrast, European women valued the cameo because of its connection to Kings and Queens. Two taonga (treasures), different cultures, similar meaning.
Many manu (birds) were regarded as kaitiaki (guardians). They hold a feminine and angelic quality. However, the presence of the Hokioi (Haast's Eagle) is a symbolic reminder of the strength, endurance and spiritual power that all females, young and old, possess.