Mai i te Ao Kohatu: Weaving – An Artform Derived from Mätauranga Mäori as a Gift from the Ancestors
Te Kanawa, Kahutoi (2006) Mai i te Ao Kohatu: Weaving – An Artform Derived from Mätauranga Mäori as a Gift from the Ancestors. In: Turoua Ngä Whetü Research Colloquium, 14-17 Feb 2006, Dunedin, Aotearoa/New Zealand.
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This presentation is about the Mäori pedagogy of skills and technologies in weaving, from which I was taught by two weaving tohunga, my mother Diggeress Te Kanawa, and my grandmother, Rangimarie Hetet. Included in this presentation will be the correct Mäori terminology used when weaving and the importance of observing tikanga and protocols. This paper will cover the responsibilities weavers carry when teaching this art form, such as kaitiakitanga (guardianship), the repository of knowledge that has to be nurtured for the coming generations, and the technical skills and tools used to fashion the making of kete (baskets), whäriki (mats), käkahu (cloaks).
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