Whalebone amulet used as an aid for reciting whakapapa. The manaia is there as a spiritual guardian and a conduit for contacting our tipuna. The notching a representation of the rich whakapapa we all hold.
Every now and then, take a little time to reflect on your past. Share with your tamariki and mokopuna stories of your tipuna. Knowledge from the past can help better prepare them for the future.