I went searching for videos to help me capture the accent of a Maori elder because I had a very clear image of one of my main characters but I couldn’t quite hear her.
Then I found Te Wharetatao King! Of course she is a completely different person, she’s human for a start (my character is a selkie)! But they have so much in common I couldn’t believe my luck. I’ve even borrowed a tiny bit of this magnificent lady’s story and combined it with a few stories of Aboriginal women abducted by sealers as well to create a whole new character.
I must have watched this about 100 times, she is a truly enchanting and inspirational woman. Thank you for sharing your story.