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Title:Whispers of Waitaha : traditions of a nation
Abstract:"Our elder grandmothers instructed the teachers of the families to: 'hide our nation, hide our information, hide our belief systems in the wananga of silence, to wait the time of Tumatawera...' The teachers kept everything hidden in the mokopuna. The grandchild became the nation's library and all information was concealed inside the minds of the mokopuna. The patters of life, the patters of the universe and the patterns of the families were faithfully transferred across into the mokopuna for the future in the time of Tumatawera. The wisdom keepers had seen in the smoke of the ritual fires the 'strangers,' making huge changes in the way life would be controlled in Waitangi-ki-Raro. No prayers would again be sent to Io the parentless creator both male and female in essence. No gathering as elder teachers in public. No elder teacher practices and no gathering of our people. Fear had come with the stranger. Tahana Rerenga o Io had come and gone in his universal flight in the heavens measuring the time of the coming of Tumatawera and our people dreamed the dream of freedom from the fear in the stranger. Grandmothers of Waitaha, helped farewell their husbands and sons into the fiery wars of the stranger, not once but many times in the name of civilization and support of the strangers realm. So the grandmothers whispered into the one hundred and many years since the stranger came. Grandmother Ivy Elizabeth McAnergney, nee Baird, of the family of Ngati Rakai and Ngati Pakau in the summer of 1999 stated quietly to those gathered around her. 'It is time for Waitaha to step out of the shadows and to walk tall like our ancestors did...' It is not the time of Tumatawera, and the laws of the land have become softer to the voices of the grandmothers of Waitaha allowing the teachings of our ancestors to be written for the benefit of our children and our grandchildren. 'Whispers of Waitaha: Traditions of a Nation' tells simply of the oral transfer of information from grandparent to grandchild. This transfer, allowing for the 'moko,' design and the 'puna,' pool, to hold onto not only the physical attributes of transfer, but for the grandchild to become aware of the great pools of memory that reside universally. These pools of memory and experience are accessed by the mokopuna, grandchild with the appropriate phychological, geological, biological and spiritual keys, within the safely and structure of the teachings. Our wisdom keepers have long realised and teach continually that we will never lose our story, therefore we will never lose our dream of the future. And the grandmothers smile and whisper, 'When gentleness and kindness are given us, plant the throughts of love in your garden within you and speak of the warmth that surrounds the thoughts of love to them.' For you are Waitaha and you are of the moko and puna of the universe" (Back Cover)
Contributor:Ruka Te Korako, Te Porohau
Creator:Ruka Te Korako, Makere
Date (W3CDTF):2006
Description:Chiefly English; some Maori
Title on p. [3]: Whispers of Waitaha : the grandmother stories
Genre: Folklore
Genre: Texts
Extent:334 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 31 cm
Identifier:ISBN: 0958254109
ISBN: 9780958254106
Identifier (URI):https://uhmanoa.lib.hawaii.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=2907369
Language (ISO639):mri
Publisher:Canterbury, New Zealand : Wharariki Publishing
Spatial Coverage:u-nz---
Subject:DU423.C63W45 2006
Cosmology, Maori
Maori (New Zealand people)
Songs, Maori
Subject (LCSH):Maori (New Zealand people)--Folklore
Songs, Maori--Texts
Subject (OLAC):language_documentation
Table Of Contents:The trail of understanding -- The first voice. Deep in the universe ; The great journey of life begins anew ; The sacred journey of Kurawaka and Rakaiwaka ; The sacred numbers of the chosen ; The beacon stars ; The long awaited departure -- The second voice. The sacred trails of the grandchild genealogy ; The trails in the land ; The ancient grandmother patterns ; The children of the Creator ; The dreaming ; The challenge of Tane -- The third voice. The knowledge of the light and the dark ; Our Grandmother Earth ; An old story ; The beautiful land ; The trails of Waitaha in the land ; The stars and their synchronising activities ; The impregnation ; The marriages ; The journey into the Pacific Ocean ; The procedures of settling the land ; The trails of Rongomaraeroa ; The great expanse of the oceans of Tangaroa ; The medicines ; Farewell message -- Matriarchal blessing -- Matriarchal message
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (OLAC):primary_text


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Citation: Ruka Te Korako, Makere. 2006. Canterbury, New Zealand : Wharariki Publishing.
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