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    An introduction to the knowledge base of traditional Ngāi Tahu society, with emphasis on traditional lifestyles.

    This paper will examine the culture and social structures of Ngāi Tahu, the Manawhenua in the Otago region. Some of the topics covered are mythical ancestors and their deeds, whakapapa, imagery and food. Field trips to various sites of importance to Ngāi Tahu, as well as a visit to the Hocken Library collection, are included in this paper.

    About this paper

    Paper title Ngāi Tahu Society
    Subject Maori Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
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    MAOR 102 or MAOR 103
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
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    Teaching staff

    Kare Tipa

    Paper Structure

    This paper is 100% internally assessed

    Teaching Arrangements

    This paper is taught on Campus


    Readings and references available in class.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students, on completion of this paper, will be able to:

    • Identify the traditional and the present-day tribal structure of Ngāi Tahu
    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the oral traditions that make Ngāi Tahu distinct
    • Show an understanding of the Ngāi Tahu response to colonisation in the 19th century
    • Understand the various classes of data that contribute to an overall picture and recognise the strengths and weaknesses of each
    • Begin to understand the perspectives of the various recorders of, and commentators upon, traditional Māori information and recognise monocultural myopia and hidden agendas, both Māori and non-Māori


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22
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