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Much loved elder and teacher, the late Wiremu Tawhai on the importance of place in language teaching

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Click here to listen to a conversation with Wiremu Tawhai On Place

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Wiremu Tawhai, loved and respected teacher of language and culture, scholar, author, actor and elder of Te Whanau o Apanui tribe, speaks about his passion for the Maori language, the importance of traditional languages and knowledge, and of his efforts in language recovery in a tribal institution of higher learning in Aotearoa New Zealand and in his own community.

See below for a transcript of this conversation:

Wiremu Tawhai-So those are all attempts at recovering. This is only one of them. And I know it basically because I was one of the facilitators. [maori words] going on all over the place. On marae. Marae-based. Whakapapa wananga (genealogy schools). Otaki Raukawa wananga ???? are providing a combined front in this push.


Island Voices. A Gaelic/English project by Gordon Wells

image credit: Island Voices site

Designed primarily for language learners, this Scottish island project in Gaelic and English shows video slices of life and work in the Hebrides, including traditional crofting/fishing practices.  Over 150 videos in English and Gaelic can be accessed at the project site.

Click here to access Gordon Wells’ Island Voices website http://guthan.wordpress.com