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    Topics in ancient pre-contact Indigenous histories of selected East Polynesian societies, such as Aotearoa/New Zealand, Cook Islands and Hawai'i.

    The focus of the paper is on traditional history from various peoples in East Polynesia. This history comprises the traditions recorded by different indigenous historians or outsiders who worked with them.

    Various Islands will be chosen each year, but there will always be a particular focus on traditions drawn from various iwi in Aotearoa/New Zealand and from the Cook Islands, especially the Island of Mangaia.

    About this paper

    Paper title Ancient East Polynesian Histories
    Subject Indigenous Studies
    EFTS 0.1500
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 200-level HIST, MAOR or PACI points
    INDV 307
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Some background in History, Indigenous Studies, Māori Studies or Pacific Islands Studies is preferable, equivalent to one 200-level paper in those subjects.


    03 479 8674

    Teaching staff
    Professor Michael Reilly
    Paper Structure

    The course structure includes the following topics: the relationship between oral traditions and written texts; creation and culture heroes; migration traditions; landscapes; leadership; warfare; gender, sexuality and emotions.


    Readings will be listed in a course outline available on Blackboard. Readings will be available through e-reserve.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

    • Demonstrate a deep knowledge of selected topics of Indigenous East Polynesian Island histories
    • Communicate about various topics of Indigenous East Polynesian Island histories as part of seminar discussions
    • Write extensively on a topic relating to the Indigenous histories of East Polynesia
    • Participate effectively in small-group discussions on selected historical readings
    • Reflect critically on the selected readings about Indigenous East Polynesian Island histories


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
    Friday 13:00-14:50 29-35, 37-42
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