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Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Tangi A Te Ruru. 
Welcome to The Cry of the Ruru.

Voices of indigenous writers and people of colour who are signalling warnings in a time of colonial capitalism, and calling for otherworlds to be birthed.

He pitopito kōrero // About Us

The ruru is the native owl or morepork found in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Traditionally owls feature in many stories across cultures. They are the nocturnal presence often linked to knowledge and wisdom. In Māori accounts, they arrive to us from the underworld and are both good and bad omens. They act as kaitiaki (guardians) that are ever watching, while most of us are asleep. In some cases, their cry is one of forewarning, signalling danger or death. 

The cry of the ruru can be both comforting and unsettling. It is an otherworldly call that comes from another time and place that pierces into the current moment. It is unapologetic and omnipresent. 

This virtual library is a home for political writings that may struggle to be heard elsewhere. We centre the voices of indigenous writers and people of colour who are signalling warnings in a time of colonial capitalism, and calling for otherworlds to be birthed. 

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