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On Globalization

Click here to listen to conversations in English on Globalization with Maori and Gaelic speakers involved with indigenous language revitalization efforts.

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Makere Stewart-Harawira: Where does indigenous self determination sit in this mix and what is it that is the really critical thing about this revitalization of language and culture?  What is the really important…why is it so important? What is critical about that? Huge questions, too big, I know…

Sir Mason Durie: I will try and tackle the last one because it might lead on and just talking off the top of my head if that is all right?  I see that whole indigenous movement and I am putting in the movement the language cultural revitalization and the political independence or a variant of it to a greater or lesser extent.  Through the whole indigenous movement to me it’s done two things.  First of all I think it is potentially acting as a protector of the worst excesses of globalization.


Wiremu Tawhai on language learning and teaching and globalization

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Click here to listen to the conversation with Wiremu Tawhai

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Wiremu Tawhai, much loved and respected Te Whanau o Apanui elder, 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.

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Wiremu Tawhai: Whether we succeed or not, and you know, the treaty hui we had the other day, may link us up with tangata takitaki, originals, indigenous of the world [31:23]. My best hope is that that will happen and that we become excited because we’re part of a movement across the world; we’re part of a tidal wave, so to speak. And we become excited because we have a contribution (more…)

Professor and Elder Patu Hohepa, on impacts of globalization

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Click here to listen to a conversation with Maori elder and scholar Dr Patu Hohepa (Ngapuhi tribe), retired Maori Language Commissioner for Aotearoa New Zealand, on some impacts of globalization on Maori and language

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Gaelic scholar and poet Maoilios Caimbeul on Globalization

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Click here to listen to a conversation with Gaelic author, scholar and poet, Maoilios Caimbeul of Skye, on the impacts of globalization on Gaelic

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Maoilios Um…there is a person in Edinburgh university, I knew it was Clauss(?) as well (laughs)

Ma- Oh really (laughs)

Maoilios I first, she’s done a study of this, she’s doing a PhD on how things have translated from one language to the other.


Maori scholar Hemi Dale on Maori language and globalization and Gaelic scholar and poet, Maoilios Caimbeul of Skye on media and values


Click here to listen to excerpts from a conversation at Auckland University with Hemi Dale, of Te Uri o Tai and Te Rarawa tribes about globalization, Maori language teaching, and education policyas well as an excerpt from a talk with Gaelic scholar and poet, Maoilios Caimbeul of Skye on media and values

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Hemi- We have to be really vigilant in ensuring that we are not disadvantaged by that.  It seems quite plain to me that there are some (???) officials living in the university who pose (?) in terms of recruitment of Maori for our program. 

And again one important point that I need to make again.  We are not a Maori only pathway.  Our students are predominantly Maori but also those who aren’t Maori who are committed to Maori and so we are (?) part of our students come through.  And you know work out, that relationship stuff in terms of not, what is ok, what is not ok in terms of taking particular roles.  (???) So we’ve got a group of students in the moment who came in through a foundation program, hadn’t done any formal training in secondary school but came into our pathway, speakers of (Samoan?) and they are on their way to becoming trilingual.  So that is amazing stuff that happens, and we have an open door like that.  And I think if we can attract more and more and build our- the core in terms of what we do here.