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Hinemoana Baker

is a New Zealand poet, performer, and writer currently living and working in Berlin. She writes and performs in Māori, English, and German where she traces her ancestry from several Māori tribes, England, and Oberammergau. Many cultures converge and challenge each other in her work—most obviously, her parents’ Māori and Pākehā ancestries, but also her takatāpuitanga, her sexuality, which she defines as “indigenous queerness.” The need to belong to the extended and nuclear group, the whānau as well as the family, is at odds with the equally pressing need to be an individual in the world. Hinemoana has travelled and performed extensively in the last 20 years, has published three poetry collections, edited several more, and produced five albums of her original music and poetry. Her stage shows pivot around sonic art, collaged language, lyric poetry and family storytelling—as well as what she calls “bad jokes and good times.”
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  • cosmopolitics
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  • politics
  • globalization