Sunday, 20 May 2012

Our First Peoples

Our First Peoples: Ngāi Tahu in Otautau & Districts display is taking shape. We're awaiting a few more loans to complete our display but we're open for all who want to have a look. The display covers creation stories, origins of Ngāi Tahu, the use of Otautau as a hohoaka site and its mahika kai (resources), and whakapapa of local residents who have Ngāi Tahu ancestry.

Some of the more prominent taoka on display are a mokihi (reed canoe) and a korowai (cloak) - both on loan from Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka. In fact, they contributed so hugely to this display that it would not have been a reality without them. So thanks to the Rūnaka!

Speaking of Ngāi Tahu, the tv show Waka Huia on TVone have featured taiaha training in the South Island in a recent episode. There are two videos on YouTube so check them both out.

We're open Wednesdays and Sundays, 2pm-4pm, and by request. Your comments are always welcome!

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