“Ko au te awa. Ko te awa ko au” (I am the river, and the river is me)
The first act “Te Awa Tupua”* is played on a score composed of the notes corresponding to the GPS data of rivers with legal personhood or whose rights are recognized: Vilcabamba river (Ecuador, the first river with legal personhood in the country, whose Constitution is the only one in the world to recognize the Rights of Nature), Whanganui river (New Zealand, the first river with recognized legal personhood in the world), Yarra river (Australia) Atrato river, Cauca River, Magdalena River, Coello Combeima and Cocora Rivers, La Plata river (Colombia), Yamuna river, Ganges river (India), Turga river (Bangladesh), Magpie river (Canada), and others.
*After Te Awa Tupua (Wanganui River Claims Settlement) Act 2017. The expression “Te Awa Tupua” is the Maori way of viewing the river as a whole, an integrated entity from the mountains to the sea. The concept behind the “Te Awa Tupua” is that it is not a geographical location, but rather a recognition of the river system as a whole, with specific interests and intrinsic values of its own.