Draw (collage/photograph/paint/whatevs) the stages of the pōwhiri in a series of illustrated panels. This can be as sophisticated or as low-fi as you like – it just needs to clearly communicate the pōwhiri process to an unfamiliar audience. Imagine you are drawing it for people who have never been onto a marae. You may like to pick a particular time period (i.e. the 1400s, 1890s, 1950s, 2010s, the future) and allow that to inform your stylistic decisions. Remember to include relevant key terms and to clearly name each part of the pōwhiri. Use “Ngā tikanga o te marae” (Rawinia Higgins and John C. Moorfield) to inform your drawing.
The perspective that I have done this works in are from the perspective of the manuhiri, the visitors coming onto the marae.
Melanie Wall identifies some of the more common Māori stereotypes that have appeared in New Zealand’s media. Take one of the examples of representations of Māori from Dick’s lecture and discuss it in relation to Wall’s ideas (100 words).
One way that Dick describes one representation of Māori is the contrast between Māori art and Western art and how this could represent Māori. For example Dick uses Michael Parekowhai’s work The Indefinite Article (1990) as an example of talking about gender. I AM HE could be interpreted as the male gender being dominant and that you are HE and not representing both genders. I believe this could relate to the way Melanie Wall identifies that when Māori were generalised in the media as being all male in their 20s or 30s when encountering a political situation (43). Here we can understand that the representation of Māori in the media is predominantly male and that everyone is put into a pool of gender stereotype.
(Moorfield, John C., and Rawinia Higgins. ““Ngā Tikanga O Te Marae”.” Ki Te Whaiao: An Introduction to Māori Culture and Society. By Tania Ka’ai. Auckland, N.Z.: Pearson Longman, 2004. 73-84. Print.)
(Wall, Melanie. “Stereotypical Constructions of the Maori ‘Race’ in the Media.” New Zealand Geographer 1997: 40-45. Print.)
(Whyte, Dick. “Stereotypes and Speaking Back to New Zealand’s Dominant Culture.” Conversations in Creative Cultures Lecture. Massey University, Wellington. 30 Sept. 2016. Lecture.)
(Parekowhai, Michael. The Indefinite Article. 1990. Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland. The Indefinite Article. Regional Facilities Auckland, 2009. Web. 8 Oct. 2016.)