I Am The River - Al Jazeera English: For centuries, people have travelled the Whanganui River by canoe, caught eels in it, built villages on its banks, and fought over it. The people say: "Ko au te awa. Ko te awa ko au" - which means "I am the river. The river is me."
I Am The River is a film about a unique set of 700 glass plate photos which document Maori life in the 19th century.
The discovery of these previously unknown photographs in a garage in the Bay of Islands in 2001 provided a rare visual insight into New Zealand's history and forged a link between the Maori of the present with the Tupuna (ancestors) of the past.
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