This workshop is about:
Matariki marks the celebration of the Maori new year for the Maori culture. Traditionally, Matariki was a time to remember those who had died, but it was also a happy event. Crops were harvested and seafood and birds were collected. With plenty of food in the storehouses, Matariki was a time for planning, singing, remembering, dancing and feasting.
The information shared in this presentation will discuss the authentic traditional Maori stories of Matariki. This will include naming of Matariki, and the original story of How Matariki came into existence. A more throrough examination of the stars will be explained, and the symbolic representations for each of these stars will be shared to enhance personal knowledge and understanding.
This workshop will engage participants in a range of activities, including traditional Maori games, and discuss ideas that can be utilised to celebrate Matariki.
Facilitated by Arvay Arnstrong-Read
Te Orewai, Ngatiteara me Ngatikopaki, Ngatihine, Ngapuhi
Arvay Armstrong-Read is an educational consultant based in New Zealand. Arvay is director of Knowledge Creation, a professionally grounded consultancy with a strong commitment to Indigenous development. This means professional knowledge combined with cultural competency and expertise. Arvay is a PhD candidate with Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.
Cost: $40 per person