Aotearoa Whispers: The Awakening
Aotearoa Whispers is a graphic novel written, pencilled and created by Gonzalo Navarro. Published by Switch! productions. Aotearoa Whispers 1: The awakening is the inaugural title of the saga. The storyline combines traditional historical facts, mythology and modern concepts. A 13-year-old boy named Kahi wanders the streets of Christchurch city, feeling a bit lost in a place he should belong. That ordinary day suddenly changes when he finds a 10 cent coin. The profile of the British Queen and the Maori icon on the reverse makes him think about himself and his Maori culture. The coin, a symbol of the colonization, leads him to his Kuia (grandmother), a wise lady who shares some of her vast Maori knowledge with Kahi. The words of his Kuia carry him on a mesmerizing journey that will make Kahi discover his heritage and his true identity.