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A comprehensive introduction to: the settlement of the Pacific, Polynesian navigation, star paths, renaissance of voyaging. Maori astronomy, new year stars. Creation myths, Skyfather, Earthmother, gods, origins of life and death. Demigods - Maui, Tawhaki,Whaitiri. Oral traditions, first arrivals, canoe ancestors, explorers, romance, sexual imagery, war. Spiritual beliefs, mana, tapu, makutu black magic witchcraft. Maori geography of New Zealand, greenstone trails, forest lore, pa and settlements, meeting houses, sacred rituals and protocols. Social structure, tribal organisation, leadership, marriage, sex, death. Fortifications, warfare, weapons, canoes,cannibalism. Wood, bone, greenstone carving, tattoo and moko. Performing arts, haka, contemporary themes. Ngai Tahu traditions.
Ka whawhai tonu mātou = Struggle without end;
Ki te whaiao : an introduction to Maori culture and society;
Pearson Longman, 2004.
Assesment:One:Online quizzes: Due: Week 3, 5, and 9 30% There will be three on-line quizzes posted on LEARN fortnightly relative to the previous weeks lectures and readings. Each quiz will be worth 10% of the total course grade.Two:Take Home Test 1 Due: April 2017 20%This test will cover material from Term1. The format of the test will include both short and long answers.Three:Research Exercise: Due: May 2017 25%The main aim of this task is to find three appropriate resources on the following Māori concepts: Mana - Tapu - UtuStudents must outline and identify the key points of each resource. Further details will be given in week 5.Four:Take-home Test 2: Due: June 2017 30%The test will focus on material covered in Term 2. Further details will be given in week 10.
Domestic fee $777.00
International fee $3,375.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Aotahi School of Maori and Indigenous Studies.