Matariki and the Six Sisters

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Kim Martins
by Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
published on 14 June 2021
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Hear the Matariki story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira iwi (tribe), Te Papa’s iwi in residence, retold for children by kaumātua (elder) Te Waari Carkeek. Beautiful time-lapse photography reveals places in the Wellington region that are significant to Ngāti Toa, such as Mana Island, Kapiti Island, the Tararua Ranges, and Te-Upoko-o-te-Ika-a-Māui (Wellington Harbour). A soundscape of taonga puoro, or Māori musical instruments, accompanies the narration.
Māori words and definitions, in the order they’re heard in the video:
• whānau – family
• Papatūānuku/Papa – earth mother
• mauri – life principle
• kuia – female elder
• kai – food
• rongoā – medicine
• kākahu – clothing
• pūkenga – skills
• te wao nui a Tāne – the great forests of Tāne
• Tānemahuta – god of the forest
• manu – bird
• mokomoko – lizard
• waiata – song
• Tangaroa – god of the sea
• Ranginui – sky father
• Tamanuiterā – the sun
• whaea – mother, aunt
• matua – father, uncle

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Tongarewa, M. o. N. Z. T. P. (2021, June 14). Matariki and the Six Sisters. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2579/matariki-and-the-six-sisters/

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Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa. "Matariki and the Six Sisters." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified June 14, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2579/matariki-and-the-six-sisters/.

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Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa. "Matariki and the Six Sisters." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 14 Jun 2021. Web. 21 Sep 2021.