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Professor Mason Durie on Maori and Global Citizenship

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Click here to listen to a conversation with Sir Mason Durie

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Professor of Māori Research and Development & Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Māori & Pasifika), Massey University, Aotearoa New Zealand, statesman  and elder (Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Raukawa, Rangitane tribes) talks about the global indigenous movement, Maori participation and Maori as global citizens.

See below for a transcription of this conversation:

Mason Durie:I think that the indigenous rejuvenation and reassertion is in fact a global movement. It’s not,  It is certainly not unique to Maori and so by getting involved in that there is already a move to be part of a global movement and global citizenship has got more than one meaning in this sense and that in enables Maori to be part of the indigenous world movement and that’s been quite important I think as, and not only important in terms of a sense of solidarity that economically is going to be important too  you can imagine business ventures and economic where you’ll get preferred providers who might haven’t be Indigenous whether it is in fishing or some other arrangement.


Indigenous Language Conversations on Education

Click here to listen to English conversations on education from Maori and Gaelic speakers involved with language revitalization

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Maori scholar Dr Margie Hohepa on the importance of language

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Click here to listen to Maori scholar Margie Hohepa speaking about Maori language acquisition and identity

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See below for a transcript of this interview:

Margie: …first language, English speaker, and her husband is the bilingual, you know, speaker and she talked about their needing to think about having a, what she described as having a “CAS to go with the LAS” so you have the language acquisition system, (LAS) whatever you want to call, that but you’ve also got a cultural acquisition system (CAS) and the most ideal form, you know, most ideal situation is they are so intertwined they cannot come apart. But when you’ve been through experiences of colonization that have been about language removal they have come apart. So ya, so, and that’s our reality and so like, there is no blame, no shame, no you know, and so that saying, so I guess that is saying that um, we have to believe that you can still be culturally who you are even if you are in a situation where you develop, redeveloping language because otherwise we cease to exist after what we’ve been through, process of colonization which has been about de-languaging so yea, that’s sort of. ..


Wiremu Tawhai On Education

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Wiremu Tawhai, deeply loved and respected Maori elder of Te Whanau o Apanui, scholar, author, actor, and teacher of language and culture, 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.