The Fable of the Huia and the Kite

Oil on canvas board
510 x 610 mm

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This painting, ‘The Fable of the Huia and the Kite’ will be featured in Ray Ching’s forthcoming book “The Huia and Our Tears’ to be published early 2024.

A great warrior wanted to enhance his importance by securing a good number of the tail feathers from the beautiful huia, and so sent his best kite to fly over all the forests in his land, then to bring back word of where huia might be found.

The kite flew over the great warrior’s lands and all of his forests but returned to say that no huia could be seen. Then the great chief sent his kite for seven years to look beyond his lands, but the kite never returned.