Grace Jones, Roseland. 1978.
Wake up, babe! New whale just dropped!!
A pregnant female whale washed up on shore of New Zealand’s Te Waipounamu, Aotearoa on the south island back in 2011. The local tribe who found her, known as the Ngāti Māhaki, named her Nihongore and had her bones sent to Te Papa Tongarewa Museum. It was believed to be the elusive True’s beak whale, but Ramari Steward, a Maori Tohunga Tohorā (whale expert), knew this whale was different. Ramari Stewart and Dr Emma Carroll from the University of Auckland worked together on solving the mystery of this whale.
Upon closer examination, scientists realized that this was not a True’s beaked whale. Genetic analysis and the shape of the skull was different, and it is estimated that this new species broke off from the True’s beaked whale about half a million years ago. Not much is known yet about this whale, but beaked whales are deep diving mammals (probably why they weren’t spotted right away). To honor the scientist who worked on this project, the whale was named Ramari’s whale.
This discovery is significant to the Maori who have a very special connection to the Moana (sea) and to whales. Whales are considered sacred and the Maori were a seafaring people, so they naturally have acquired a decent amount of knowledge about whales. Unfortunately indigenous knowledge wasn’t taken into account in scientific studies, and was only just being considered in the scientific community. Hopefully this discover can lead to more collaboration with indigenous tribes.
Even though whales are important to the Maori, this is the first whale to have a Maori name. And the name Ramari itself means ‘rare event’, which feels appropriate. It’s an incredible honor for WoC in science, in particular indigenous women.
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Ok, to myself and to anyone who is getting into Riot Grrrl;
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I love riot grrrl from the bottom of my heart, but every subculture has its problems, so now that riot grrrl is becoming more and more popular on tik tok we need to make sure we don't fall under the same diversity/white feminism problem the original scene had back on the 90s!!!
Some sista grrrl riot/riot grrrl artists that are woc recommendations:
Skinny Girl Diet
The Linda Lindas
Not sista grrrl/riot grrrl but still honorable mentions:
Trans riot grrrl:
Dazey and The Scouts
Also, not a music rec, but the tv series We Are Lady Parts follows the story of a riot grrrl inspired punk band composed solely of Muslim woc, go watch it it's great!!
If you have any other sista grrrl or trans riot grrrl recommendations feel free to leave them!!