Note: This blog post is intended for yesterday
SLJ - Activity 1: The waiata - A song in your heart
In the past, Māori would often use song as a way of sharing information or communicating emotions. A waiata is the name given to a traditional Māori song. One of my all-time favourite waiata is Kia Paimarie. What about you?
Use Google to research traditional Māori Waiata. Listen to a number of Waiata and read the lyrics. On your blog tell us which one of the waiata you found you like the most. Why do you like it?
I like a well-known waiata called "E Ihowa Atua", also known as New zealands national anthem. I like it because the lyrics talk about our country and god. I also enjoy it because I know the song so well.
SLJ - Activity 2: Playing games
Hundreds of years ago, young Māori children were taught to play a number of games, including Poi Rakau, Ki O Rahi, Koruru Taonga and Poi Toa. Read about each of these four games on the Rangatahi tu Rangatira website. Have you played any of them before? Isn’t it cool how the games have been passed down for generations?
Choose one game, and on your blog, tell us the (i) name of the game, (ii) the goal or purpose of the game, and (iii) two rules.
You could try playing some of the games with a friend.
Name of game: Poi rakau
Purpose of game: To be the last one standing
Rules: You cannot dig the stick/raku into the ground and you cannot purposely throw the stick away
SLJ - Activty 3: Musical festivals - Matatini
In New Zealand, a huge festival is held every two years, called Te Matatini. This performing arts festival celebrates the tikanga (culture or customs) of Māori. Kapa Haka groups from around New Zealand are invited to attend the festival and each group gives a 25-minute performance. The performances are judged and the best teams win prizes.
The gold medal winning team from this year (2017) was Te Kapa Haka o Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti.
Watch these three clips from previous Te Matatini festivals.
On your blog, rank the performances from your favourite (#1) to least favourite (#3) and tell us why you gave them the ranking that you did.
1st: Te iti kahurangi
Why? Because I loved how they started off so strong! Their voices were amazing and I also loved how they were so confident, they were very good
2nd: Tamatea arikinui
I put Tamatea in 2nd place because I liked their outfits and expressions. They sang beautifuly along with their poi's.
3rd: Te puku o Te ika
I found this one very sad, which I didn't like. So that is why I put it in 3rd place. But they still did a lovely job.