Revitalization of Te Reo Māori Inspires Washington

Poutamu Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutamu Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson

On the evenings of July 1 and 2, Māori language and culture was showcased at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. The International Centre for Language Revitalization at AUT University hosted a symposium entitled: “Māori Language Revitalization in Aotearoa / New Zealand.” On evening two, the event focused on demonstrations of the bond between Te Reo Māori and actions such as tāniko (finger weaving) and tā moko (tattooing). In addition, Valance Smith from AUT University presented on the topic of Mana Waiata – Māori language potentiality within contemporary Māori music. Presentations were supported by the Poutama Māori Performing Arts Group.

The symposium was a side event of the One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and fell during New Zealand’s Māori Language Week – Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

Kahu Te Kanawa demonstrating tāniko (finger weaving). Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Kahu Te Kanawa demonstrating tāniko (finger weaving). Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson

 

Poutamu Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutama Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutamu Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutama Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutamu Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutama Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutamu Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutama Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Ngarongoa Lentfer demonstrating tā moko (tattooing). Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Ngarongoa Lentfer demonstrating tā moko (tattooing). Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Ngarongoa Lentfer demonstrating tā moko (tattooing). Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Ngarongoa Lentfer demonstrating tā moko (tattooing). Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Valance Smith presenting Mana Waiata. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Valance Smith presenting Mana Waiata. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutamu Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutama Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutamu Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutamu Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutama Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutamu Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutama Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutamu Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutama Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutamu Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutama Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutamu Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
Poutama Māori Performing Arts Group. Photo Credit: Genevieve Neilson
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