The Koru: A Powerful Cultural Symbol
For the Maori of New Zealand, the koru is an unfurling frond of a silver fern, just before it takes its familiar full-leaf form. It reminds me of the fiddlehead ferns I’ve seen on walks through Michigan forests.
The image is one of coiled, kinetic energy, waiting to spring forth. As such, it is a symbol of new life, growth, strength, and peace.
The koru has been stylized by New Zealand Airlines to this icon on the tail of their airplanes.
According to Wikipedia, “It is an integral symbol in Maori art, carving and tattoos. The circular shape of the koru helps to convey the idea of perpetual movement while the inner coil suggests a return to the point of origin.” The image of a wound coil ready to spring into action is an awe-inspiring image, filled with expectation and hope.
Thanks to my Palestinian friend, MK, for telling me about this. We can all use symbols which reflect a future promise.