Hi World, We're Keeping Meghan Markle Down Under Because She's Now A Chieftess In New Zealand

    She officially has Big "Chiefly Authority" Energy.

    One of the most poignant moments of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand happened on the final day when the duchess was gifted a korowai.

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    A korowai is a Maori cloak which, when worn by a female community leader known as a "chieftainess", signifies "rangatiratanga" which translates to her "chiefly authority".

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    Traditionally in Maori culture women fought in battles alongside the men, something elders are super proud of.

    The creator of Meghan's korowai is artist and Ngati Whakaue elder Norma Sturley who said the duchess was a fitting recipient for the cloak as she is a woman who does "not take a backseat because of her gender."

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    “We see the duchess as representing strong kaupapa (values) for women," Sturley said. "She displays aroha (love), manaakitanga (nurturing and hospitality), mana (influence), dignity and strength, all signs of great leadership."

    Meghan's burgeoning baby bump was also taken into consideration by Sturley when she created her korowai as the garment is believed to envelop the wearer in strength, warmth and love.

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    Harry got one too and told Sturley the family will treasure them.

    Meghan's cloak is made out of flax fibre which was stripped using a mussel shell. The fibre was then beaten on a stone until it was soft and white, before being boiled in tutu leaves and woven.

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    A combination of brown, green and blue pheasant feathers were then added.

    It's not the first time a ceremonial cloak from New Zealand has rubbed shoulders with imperial royalty. Earlier this year prime minister Jacinda Ardern wore a Kahu huruhuru to meet the Queen.

    Perhaps one of the features of the image that gives people pause is the subversion of what power is & particularly what it has not been. Here is a woman in power who is hapu. Eurocentric cultural stories of power tell us its the opposite of power. The visual says wanna bet? https://t.co/7u6Koe9TAC

    The PM's cloak, which was loaned to her, is said to signify prestige, respect and power.

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