WK 3 Task 2

In the introduction to Mana tangata: The politics of human empowerment, Huia Tomlins-Janke writes that “Conversations about mana tangata are nearly always about human authority and upholding dignity and wellbeing of a person or persons” (Tomlins-Janke).

Find a design example and explain how the example you have selected does this.

Personal Message | The paintings of Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber

What were reading

“Personal message” is a series of paintings which show a quote, a quote that may or may not mean something to someone. How I see these paintings is they’re things people feel or things people think about. About mental health or personal well being. Though these paintings may seem a bit morbid or depressing they’re all things most people think about or feel from time to time, and knowing that other people feel the same way to let you know everyone feels this way, or you’re not the only one. Sometimes just remembering you’re not alone or that these feelings will come and go are enough to keep you going. A lot of the paintings are just satirical quotes joking about serious things in real life. Some with political basis and others are interpersonal emotions.

WK3 Independent research kaitiakitanga

I think i’d like to do a painting, most likely a painting of a New Zealand landscape. It’d be something of the South Island as that’s where I’m from. I spent a lot of time in my family car with my family driving around, we never really stayed in one place so New Zealand landscapes are really something im familiar with and find very beautiful. I also lived in Hokitika and worked on a farm for a short time in my life so planes, fields and animals are something I’m familiar with and I think it could work into my idea of kaitiakitanga. A lot of the fields and planes are a lot different now then they would’ve been when the first settlers arrived. Have land plotted off and sectioned is not something I want to show in the painting. I could look through some of my old family photos and see what I have there.

I found these two landscapes that were taking in 2009. I think I could make a really good landscape painting, probably would be a bit abstract but It could be really beautiful. I could start with a small water colour and work my way up. I might need to get some water colour paper.

I kind of forgot that I don’t know how to use water colours BUT I’m trying

Maybe doing things at a bigger size would allow me to have more details and show the scenery

you need to think about the ‘how’ – how are people like hapu or iwi or people in the pākehā world working to kaitiaki the land- see Dr Huhana Smith (interviewed by Greg in Wk 2) ? Or kaitiaki treasures etc. It is your job to explain to show that you understand the concept.   
Colin Mc Cahon might be a good painter to turn to or Ralph Hotere (he would be great) plenty on him in the library. His Aramoana series would be really good to talk about in terms of kaitiakitanga. (Message from Georgia to help me get on the right track)

I think I’ve been thinking about kaitiakitanga in a sense of guardian ship rather than a present day and how we can preserve the future of our world.
How we are currently practicing aspects of kaititanga in our modern world, there’s been a lot of protests around climate change and awareness being raised. The video mentioned by Georgiana was an interview where Dr huhana Smith spoke about the use of harakeke plants in the reinvigoration of lands spoiled by pollution. Also spoke about what the land was before it was turned into land for farming. Also how the harakeke could create a multitude of different sustainable economically friendly businesses.
I think a key word that I’m understanding about kaitiaki in the present day is “Sustainability”, making sure that we have a future for the next generation to enjoy and love just as we should

Wk 3 Task 1

 Choose an example (this could be an object, person or space) and draw an annotated diagram that outlines considerations between tapu and noa that might concern your example.

Tapu is almost like dignity

I think my example might be myself. Me

This is my chart diagram

WK2 Task 3 Bruce Pascoe

Watch Bruce Pascoe explain the construction of Australia’s ‘standard story’ used to justify colonisation and imagine Australia as terra nullius How does Bruce Pascoe challenge this?

Bruce Pascoe wrote a book, looked for resources to back up his claims such as the writing of Sir Thomas Mitchell, lieutenant grey.

Bruce ask a question to the audience about whether or not teachers or anyone you might trust to be knowledgeable if they’d mentioned anything about aboriginal history.

Quotes from books written by the first explorers of Australia. these books tell the true history or the first history of Australia but are being ignored or left in the dark.

What other accounts do you know from here or other colonised contexts which might be similar?

The lack of knolodge about anything to do with the history of Aboriginal people is quite similar to that of the Maori and what we’re learning about in this course.

The books/dairies he’s sourced use beautiful words describing the thriving vast agricultural skill the aboriginal people had and their understand of the land around them. This has all been pushed to the side of Australian history.

I’m sure a lot of American history is lost and unspoken of within America. I’m sure there’s so much to learn from every different culture that isn’t being taught around the world. Or at least not in the immediate media eye.

How might these also be challenged?  

With our current Conversations class I’m being opened up to many different things I didn’t know or hadn’t been told about in a very long time. There may be some history books from the first explores of New Zealand, in which we might find the same things Bruce Pascoe found.

Teaching these ideas we’re learning about in Conversations at schools would be a really good way for the next generation of kids to be more accepting and open minded towards these facts.

Knowledge is power right. If everyone knows and everyone who doesn’t know has an opportunity to know

Wk 2 Task 2

Write a short definition of your understanding of whakapapa after reading the article, include a key quote from the reading to support your definition.:

“cosmogony beginning with the origin of the universe and the primal parents”

” To understand the meaning of plant and animal whakapapa requires knowledge of not only plant and animal names but also their accompanying narratives “

” whakapapa and the associated metaphysical concepts of tapu—an intrinsic spiritual integrity and potentiality for power of a thing, and mauri—the elemental energy or material life force that constitutes the essential self or essence of a thing “

mixing of genes between different species constituted an unsanctioned interference with whakapapa as well as a violation of the tapu and mauri of the organisms concerned.

There’s no differences between the material world and the spiritual world it’s all one and the same. Everyone and everything is part of the spiritual and material world at the same time, meaning they’re one in the same. With everything being connected both ancestors and kin are the things around me and the environment in which I live. Whakapapa also could be referring to the lineage of something how far it goes back, the origins. Almost the evolution of it.

Wk 2 Self-directed work

Kaitiakitanga Definitions:

Understanding kaitiakitanga

Kaitiakitanga means guardianship and protection. It is a way of managing the environment, based on the Māori world view.

A kaitiaki is a guardian. This can be a person or group that cares for an area such as a lake or forest. They are given that role by the local iwi. https://teara.govt.nz/en/kaitiakitanga-guardianship-and-conservation

I think the idea of everyone being connected to the earth and even born of the earth to be quite a comforting beautiful idea. The land/earth with live on is such a beautiful ever changing complicated thing, just like humans. It’s a shame a large part of the human race doesn’t care for the future of earth. 3

Resource based around environmental change: http://www.environmentguide.org.nz/issues/marine/kaitiakitanga/what-is-kaitiakitanga/

” Interest in kaitiakitanga is growing today. It is seen as a vehicle for applying ideas about preservation, conservation, repair and utilisation of environments for the present and future generations. Kaitiakitanga invites people to form and maintain relationships with the environment in which they live. Iwi and hapū are restoring their environment and culture and using traditional ideas about kaitiakitanga in the modern world. “

Canterbury Landscape by Colin McCahon

Toss Woollaston

Lagoon Grey River Circa 1862 New Zealand By James Crowe Richmond

Each of these paintings are of New Zealand Landscapes, preserved without and man made structures, showings the natural beauty of New Zealand through various stages of time.

Wk 3 Task 3 Assignment

Mana: Authority, respect, sacred, power, prestige.

whakapapa: Family, an interlinking spiritual idea, genealogy, genealogical table, lineage, descent

tapu: Sacred, forbidden, taboo, protected.

noa: ” Noa is the opposite of tapu, and includes the concept of ‘common’. It lifts the ‘tapu’ from the person or the object. Noa also has the concept of a blessing in that it can lift the rules and restrictions of tapu ”

kaitiakitanga: Kinship, connection to the land and nature. “In the Māori world view, people are closely connected to the land and nature. Kaitiakitanga is based on this idea of humans as part of the natural world kaitiakitanga: Kinship, connection to the land and nature”

colonisation: Settling among pre occupied space often done to indigenous people

nationalism/the nation: Identity with ones place of birth or home place, Loyalty devotion sense of pride, group of people.

I’m choosing between Kaitiakitanga and nationalism

Wk 1 Task 3

The Introduction to the Oxford Illustrated History of Science: Make a map of the points from the chapter, elaborating on these where appropriate.

Science is integral to the furthermore of our civilization but where did it start from. Cultural beliefs are considered to be forms of science maybe in a different way. ” Science is assumed to progress by its own momentum as discovery piles up on discovery. From this point of view, science often looks like a force of nature rather than of culture “\

Science is embraced and fundamentally practiced everywhere around the world, determining who discovers what and where really shouldn’t matter for the betterment of the human species.

No one really understands what “Science” is because everyone has their own interpretation. “different ways knowledge has been produced both now and in the past, and how different peoples and cultures have come to hold the beliefs they have about the natural world”

Historical starting according to some historians ” origins of scientific thought in Egypt and Mesopotamia. ” Past scientific knoledge is much harder to come across or harder to find documentations of.

Past understandings of science such as “religion, magic or a creator” are all forms of science or at least someones understanding of how the world works Metaphors almost.

Fundamental belief of science is seeing the thing, where’s with magic and relgion they’re more concepts than concrete things you can see. “Greek philosophers borrowed Babylonian astrological concepts, for example, and modified them for their own purposes. Fundamental belief of science is seeing the thing, where’s with magic and relgion they’re more concepts than concrete things you can see.”

Scientific practices were passed down from era to era, civilization to civilization. things were adapted and improved up. People who understood or knew about these sciences were highly sort after by high members of their society.

” Henry highlights the importance of voyages of discovery (themselves facilitated by the invention of the magnetic compass) in generating new knowledge about the natural world as well as the re-discovery of alternatives to Aristotelian philosophy “

Crazy Robert Smith from “the Cure” had a whole chapter in this… “mapping the universe explores the ways in which modern astronomy developed through new institutions and new technologies that transformed the ways in which the heavens were understood “

Mathematics and science are very buddy buddy .