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Episode 71
Cloak of Protection

From Tales from Te Papa: Taonga Maori episodes
Curriculum connections: English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing
Social Sciences: Identity, Culture, and Organisation; Continuity and Change
Suggested curriculum levels: 2-6


Questions for students:

1. What is a bodyguard? Who might have one, and why?

2. Re-tell the story of Thomas and his escape from death in your own words. Who saved him? How?

3. Imagine what life was like in Wellington in 1840 for a 13-year-old orphan, newly arrived from England. What physical, emotional and cultural challenges might he face? What would be the significance of having a M?ori kuia as his protector?

4. Discuss the three aspects of tikanga that are central to this Tale: a tapu building site; the threat of death for breaching tapu; and the protection given by the kuia. What modern-day parallels or connections can you make to these?

5. The presenter says the cloak and the mere are associated with the settlement of Wellington. If the chief had killed young Thomas, would the history of settlement be different? Use the 'Ideas' response template to plan a story, play or short film with a different outcome.

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

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Ideas


Episode 72
Burn My Head in Heaven

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


Questions for students:

1. What story does John Pule tell through his work?

2. How do words and images work together to convey the artist's themes? Describe and discuss these ways. Would one word or image be as effective without the other? Why do you think that? 

3. Compare the use of words in this art work with the work of other artists who use words. Think about modern graphic novels and comics. Why are some works that use words and images considered art and others are not?

4. What might colonisation mean to a person born in one colonised country and brought up in another? How do people interpret concepts such as colonisation, migration or identity. Discuss the different ways.

5. What themes does Pule explore through his work? Do any of these themes resonate with you? Use the 'Ideas' response template to record ideas for work that may be inspired by a theme from this Tale.

Related links 
Art Collection
Art Tales
TVNZ 7 Learning Hub

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Ideas


Episode 73
Cool Photos

From Tales from Te Papa: Art episodes
Curriculum connections: English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing
The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context
Suggested curriculum levels: 4-8


Questions for students:

1. Why is the photography collection kept in a chilled container? 

2. Examine the derivations of technical words in this Tale. Use the 'Words' response template to record and explore words. Examples could include 'negative', 'autochrome', 'collodion' and 'gelatin'.

3. Using information from the Tale and elsewhere, make a timeline to show developments in photography. What advances in technology have made the biggest difference to photography? What changes have occurred in your lifetime?

4. What constraints would the different methods used in the past impose on photographers? How are these constraints reflected through the subjects and styles of early photographs?

5. Did you notice that some of the images are positive and some are negative? What does this mean? Research photographic processes to find out why and how different processes produce different kinds of 'negatives'.

Related links 
Art Collection
Art Tales
TVNZ 7 Learning Hub

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Words


Episode 74
Sacred Masks

From Tales from Te Papa: Pacific Cultures episodes
Curriculum connections: English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing
Social Sciences: Identity, Culture, and Organisation
The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context
Suggested curriculum levels: 3-6


Questions for students:

1. What is a 'masquerade'? Find out where and when the idea originated. Identify some examples of the use of the idea in different cultures.

2. Explain in your own words what these masks are like. Who made them? When and where were they made? What materials did the makers use?

3. What cultural practices were the masks used for? What is meant by 'initiation'? Do we have any initiation processes these days? If so, what are they?

4. Why does the presenter say the masks in Te Papa's collection are rare? How do you think the museum might have obtained these masks?

5. Using the concept of a mask to symbolise transition to adulthood, design a mask that would be relevant in your present-day context. What materials and images would you use? Would the masks be worn or displayed in some other way? Use the 'Ideas' response template to record your ideas as you refine them and plan your mask. 

Related links 
Masks
Pacific Cultures Collection
Pacific Cultures Tales
TVNZ 7 Learning Hub

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Ideas


Episode 75
Ancient Island Carvings

From Tales from Te Papa: Taonga Maori episodes
Curriculum connections: English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing
Social Sciences: Identity, Culture, and Organisation
Suggested curriculum levels: 3-7


Questions for students:

1. Locate the Chatham Islands on a map. Do an internet search, using 'Rekohu', the Moriori name for the islands. Find out more about the history of settlement there, including the arrival of Moriori, their ways of life and the changes brought about by the arrival of Europeans and Maori.

2. What is the special significance of the carvings in Te Papa's collection?

3. Try to find more images so you can compare the carvings from the Chatham Islands with those done by Maori in New Zealand. Use the 'Comparisons' response template to list similarities and differences. What do you think the similarities could indicate?

4. What happens to a culture when it is changed by colonisation or migration? How do people try to keep their cultures alive? How can governments and other organisations help or hinder this? Give some examples from your own experience or from research you have done.

5. In the Tale, the importance of the albatross is explained. Re-tell this in your own words.

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

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Comparisons


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