!! SUMMER LEARNING JOURNEY !!
Week One: In the Beginning (1800-1870)
Day 4: Hitting a High Note…
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?
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 friends .
The Game : Poi Rakau
The Goal of the Game is to Work to together , Listen well , and Play fair and last but not least is HAVE FUN PLAYING THE GAME ! Come on let's get started !
A Number of People is gonna get selected and each person would get 1 Rakau each . Next what will happen is Everyone will form a Nice Round Circle and any person would call out Right or Left and if they call out left then you have to run the to left and if they call Right you run to the Right and what you are doing is running to which side the person is calling out .
1 : Don't Drop the Rakau Stick
2 : There can be Leg moving and Head Moving before they let the Rakau out of there hands
Bonus Activity: 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.