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"Renaissance of Maori Culture" (03:02)


New Zealand has a multicultural population. Migration to the cities in the 1950s results in a loss of Maori culture. Herve Schmoor is eager to learn more about the Maori. (Credits)

Indigenous People (02:39)

The Maori currently represent 15% of New Zealand's population; most live a western lifestyle. Locals discuss their ancestral history; no full-blooded Maori remain.

Polynesian Descendants (03:01)

Every Maori should know their Whakapapa. The Maori arrived in New Zealand over 1,000 years ago; hear the creation story.

Waitangi Treaty (02:49)

The 1840 treaty permits British settlers to colonize New Zealand; Maori migrate to the cities. In 1975, the Waitangi Tribunal seeks to regain rights to their land. Today, Maori work to preserve their culture.

Maori Culture (03:02)

Papatuanuku is Mother Earth—people cannot possess the land. Maori bury the placenta of a new born child next to a sapling to symbolize the cycle of life. Experts discuss fundamental Maori concepts.

Maori Community (07:06)

In village society, everyone knows each other and manaakitanga is intrinsic. The marae is the center of the community; see portions of a welcoming ceremony. Maori have an oral history.

Community Houses (02:09)

Pressing noses together and sharing breath completes manaakitanga. The whare demonstrates the Maori's respect for their ancestors.

Woodcarving Tradition (04:01)

Maori carvings honor their ancestors; instruments often have the shape of a person. Sam Hauwaho discusses waka carved for celebrations. The Waka Ama glorifies the cultural importance of the waka.

Koru (01:14)

The spiral is a symbol of evolution and revival, and integral in Maori art. The Maori flag tells the creation story.

Jade Island (03:58)

Jade holds spiritual value for the Maori. The hei-tiki, a common pendant, represents the first human; ancestry is important to the Maori.

Maori Tattoos (07:36)

Mokos reflect a Maori's genealogy and are a form of communication. Stu Macdonald discusses reviving Maori culture and the meaning of his moko. Imagery supports the speaker.

Nature and Culture (04:15)

Maori Chief Hone Ratana reflects on protecting the forest, living in the bush, and finding balance. Waiora Cooper describes two kinds of Maori. Art helps Maori celebrate the beauty of their culture.

Maori Renaissance (06:52)

Maori discuss the revival of their language and returning to old ways. Children can attend schools where only Maori is spoken and learn Maori tradition.

Credits: Maori's Culture (01:35)

Credits: Maori's Culture

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Maori's Culture

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This program takes the viewer on an immersive journey into contemporary Maori society. Once threatened with extinction, the Maori have been able to adapt uniquely to the world of today. Embracing ancestral values that have been passed on from generation to generation, the Maori instill hope that it is possible to revive an ancient culture in a world dominated by the West, and that such a renewal can be beneficial for both societies.

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL190230

ISBN: 978-1-64867-588-1

Copyright date: ©2013

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