Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Nan's Tangi in pictures
The long walk to the cemetery. The sons and grandsons (mokopuna) carried her the entire way while everyone else walked behind the coffin. They all took turns carrying Nan-you can see Jason on the side ready to relieve someone.
This korowai is a special heirloom that has been passed down for generations. This korowai laid on top of Nan's coffin until they lowered her into the ground. It was then passed to her son Joe. He will now keep the korowai safe on behalf of the entire family.
The lowering of Nan's coffin into the ground. It was lowered with nothing more than ropes and pulleys.
The mokopuna dug and filled Nan's grave. It was very sad to watch. Jason got right on top of the dirt pile despite wearing Sunday best.
Richards whanau on the marae grounds after the service. Jason and I are on the left kneeling.