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Episode 86
Carving Family History

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


Questions for students:

1. What is this Tale about? Explain its main idea in your own words.

2. Why was it important for the men to learn how to make the adzes from their grandfather? How have they shown their respect for his skills and knowledge?

3. The Tale gives an example of learning by apprenticeship. Look up 'apprenticeship' and find its derivation. What does the term mean? Use the 'Words' response template to record your findings about this and any other words in the Tale that are new to you.

4. How does apprenticeship learning differ from most school-based learning? What kinds of skills are best learned by apprenticeship? Think of a time when you've learned something in this way.

5. What other tools have different sizes or shapes for different purposes? List them, then describe and illustrate a story about another such tool or implement.

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

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Words


Episode 87
Tatau - Samoan Tattooing

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: 4-6


Questions for students:

1. What are the main differences between traditional Samoan tatau and modern tattooing? Compare the tools and methods used. Why do you think Samoan people want to continue using the old methods?

2. What were the purposes of tatau? Describe the forms and significance of commonly used tatau. How do they differ for men and women? 

3. Many cultures around the world use forms of skin decoration for specific purposes. Formulate two or three questions about this, then identify several sources of information that could help answer your questions. Use the 'Key questions' response template to record your questions, sources and notes. Prepare a presentation for your classmates using the results of your research.

4. Pain is obviously involved in obtaining tatau, but is it more painful than modern methods? Why do you think tatau is becoming more popular?

5. What does the presenter mean when he says people who get tatau 'are really making a commitment to the art form and the culture'? To what extent is tatau seen as an art form as well as a symbol of a culture?

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

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Key questions


Episode 88
Sister's Secret Stash

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


Questions for students:

1. Where is Randell Cottage and what is special about it?

2. Why was Te Papa interested in the items found in the cottage? Why do you think 'everyday objects' are not often found in museum collections?

3. Discuss items in your own home that might be of interest to a museum a hundred years or more from now. What will people in the future think about them?

4. Compare the 'treasures' found in the cottage with modern children's treasures. Use the 'Then and now' response template to compare old and modern toys. Consider aspects such as the materials used, the way children use the toys, where the toys were made and approximate costs.

5. Families many years ago were often much bigger than families these days. Why do you think family sizes are smaller now? Consider social, economic and health factors.

Related links 
History Collection
History Tales
TVNZ 7 Learning Hub

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Then and now


Episode 89
Punch & Judy Kiwi Style

From Tales from Te Papa: History collection episodes
Curriculum connections: English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing
The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context; Communicating and Interpreting
Suggested curriculum levels: 2-6


Questions for students:

1. Who made these puppets? What old English tradition are they based on? Find out more about the original Punch and Judy characters and stories that are usually played out with the puppets.

2. What did you learn from the Tale about the purpose and audiences for Garth Frost's Punch and Judy show? What social changes might mean the show would be different today?

3. The presenter says the show used political and social satire. What does that mean? Is satire used in today's arts and media? Give some examples. What is the purpose of political or social satire?

4. What distinctive features of the set tell you that it was made by a New Zealand artist. List the features. What do these features communicate to you today? What features might the artist choose to use today?

5. Use the 'Ideas' response template to brainstorm ideas for a present-day puppet show using the Punch and Judy characters. Next, refine your most promising ideas and develop the show. Present the show, making puppets or using animation to bring your ideas to life.

Related links 
History Collection
History Tales
TVNZ 7 Learning Hub

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Ideas


Episode 90
Calling All Xenites!

From Tales from Te Papa: History collection episodes
Curriculum connections: English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing
The Arts: Communicating and Interpreting
Suggested curriculum levels: 2-7


Questions for students:

1. Have you ever seen the television series, Xena: Warrior Princess? If so, were you a 'Xenite'? What especially appealed to you about Xena?

2. Superheroes and heroines have appeared in popular literature over many centuries and in many cultures. The character of Xena was 'invented' for a television series about Hercules. Research where the Hercules story came from, and why he was considered a superhero.

3. Compare a popular superhero with a hero/heroine from another culture or time. Use the 'Comparisons' response template to show what they have in common and what is different. Consider features such as their powers, weapons and causes.

4. Do you think television and movie costumes can be regarded as art? Why do you think that?

5. Select one of the items in Te Papa's Xena collection. Explore the work involved in designing and creating it. What does it tell you about how television and film foster the work of artists in New Zealand?

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History Collection
History Tales
TVNZ 7 Learning Hub

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Comparisons


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