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Episode 16
Poi Awe

From Tales from Te Papa: Taonga Maori episodes
Curriculum connections: English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing
Social Sciences: Identity, Culture, and Organisation
Suggested curriculum levels: 2-4


Questions for students:

1. Have you made or used poi? How are they usually made and used? What is special about the poi awe? Why is this such an important example of poi work? Why is it so rare?

2. What is significant about the use of red in this poi? What do you know about the use of particular colours in Maori and other Pacific art works?

3. The pattern of weaving on the poi awe is called papakirangi. What is the significance of this pattern? What other poi patterns do you know of or can research?

4. This poi was probably for ceremonial use only. What does this mean? Think about items you know or have heard of in other cultures that are only used ceremonially. Use the 'Connections and conclusions' response template to record the connections you can make between poi awe and these items. Has the use of the items changed over time? Draw conclusions about the meaning and use of ceremonial items in different cultures.

5. What is the role of Te Papa in fostering weaving and other crafts in New Zealand? How does it do this? Do you think it is important to maintain traditional skills and crafts? Explain your reasons.

Related links 
Taonga Maori Collection
Taonga Maori Tales
TVNZ 7 Learning Hub

Related templates
Connections and conclusions


Episode 17
Feather Signatures

From Tales from Te Papa: Taonga Maori episodes
Curriculum connections: English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing
The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context; Communicating and Interpreting
Suggested curriculum levels: 5-8


Questions for students:

1. How do artists and craft workers usually 'autograph' or sign their work? How is a feather signature different? Why is this term used?

2. How did Te Papa learn about feather signatures? Why didn't it already know who made the feather cloaks in its collection? 

3. What might feather cloaks tell researchers about the people who made a cloak, and the people a cloak was made for? The presenter says that a lot of Maori history is oral. Why should this make a difference to what we know about the feather cloaks? 

4. What questions will researchers now have about feather signatures? How do you think a museum could help people learn more?

5. Are there any connections between an aspect of this Tale and something you already know about the work of artists? Use the 'Connections and conclusions' response template to record your ideas. 

Related links 
Taonga Maori Collection
Taonga Maori Tales
TVNZ 7 Learning Hub

Related templates
Connections and conclusions


Episode 18
Waka Whakairo

From Tales from Te Papa: Taonga Maori episodes
Curriculum connections: English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing
The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context
Suggested curriculum levels: 3-8


Questions for students:

1. What do the terms 'waka huia' and 'waka whakairo' mean? Who might a waka huia be made for? What might they use it for?

2. How did Te Papa acquire this taonga? Why did Te Papa want to have it in its collection?

3. The presenter says this taonga is probably from Taranaki. What clues did he use to suggest that?

4. What connections can you make to this taonga? Does it remind you of other carvings or treasures? Use the 'Connections and conclusions' response template to record the connections you make. Write a brief conclusion based on your connections. 

5. Create a story that could explain the journey of the waka whakairo from tree, to carver, to first owner, to Paris, then back to New Zealand. How might it have been valued and used as it moved from person to person?

Related links 
Taonga Maori Collection
Taonga Maori Tales
TVNZ 7 Learning Hub

Related templates
Connections and conclusions


Episode 19
Lisa Reihana

From Tales from Te Papa: Art episodes
Curriculum connections: English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing
Social Sciences: Identity, Culture, and Organisation
The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context; Developing Ideas
Suggested curriculum levels: 6-8


Questions for students:

1. What are the two concepts behind Te Ara a Hine? Put the presenter's explanation into your own words and comment on your response to Te Ara a Hine, the pathway of women.

2. Explain what the presenter means when she says the space is 'primarily but not exclusively' for women artists.

3. Compare the approach to this marae with older marae you belong to or have visited. What are some of the differences you notice? What do you think those differences say about the role of this marae in the context of a modern, national museum?

4. Each art work by Lisa Reihana has a specific significance. Taken together, how well do they express the name she gave her installation: Mai i te aroha, ko te aroha (From love, comes love)?

5. Find one concept from the Tale that you liked or reacted to. Use the 'Ideas' response template to map the ideas you could develop from this concept into a creative expression of your own.

Related links 
Art Collection
Art Tales
Lisa Reihana exhibition
TVNZ 7 Learning Hub

Related templates
Ideas
 
Episode 20
Jane Dodd Jewellery

From Tales from Te Papa: Art episodes
Curriculum connections: English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing
The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context
Suggested curriculum levels: 3-6


Questions for students:

1. Describe the bracelet and the items on it in your own words. What is it made of? What does it represent to you?

2. Describe the three rings, including how they are made and what each one represents. What is your opinion of the set?

3. Do you agree or disagree that the artist, Jane Dodd, has 'extended the fairy tale' in her work? Give your reasons.

4. Why do you think Te Papa chose to add these items as part of its 'commitment to craft artists in New Zealand'?

5. Compare Dodd's work with that of another New Zealand jeweller or craft artist. Use the 'Comparisons' response template to record your ideas.

Related links 
Art Collection
Art Tales
TVNZ 7 Learning Hub

Related templates
Comparisons


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