Inspired by Kerry Ann Lee’s lecture and Tze Ming Mok’s essay, create a piece of creative non-fiction in which you talk about your own cultural identity. You must make at least one connection with a significant moment in the history of Aotearoa (i.e. like Tze Ming Mok did with the attack on Chi Phung, the National Front protest, and the Seabed and Foreshore hīkoi), and you must draw from your own lived experience. (200 words)
When it comes to cultural identity, I firstly like to remember where I came from and my families history and stories. One part of my families history that still happens today is a tangi that are held for family member at the marae. After my grandfathers passing we had a traditional tangi where family members travelled back to Rangeitukia, Ngāti Porou. Here this is where I learnt about previous family members that had been part of the 28th Māori Battalion. Here I learnt about the history of the Māori Battalion and how these men going away as part of the 2nd division had a massive effect on Māori families during World War II. One part that inspired me the most is an image of the Māori Battalion haka in Egypt 1941. Here I was able to see two members of my iwi in uniform performing a haka for the King of Greece, John Manual and Te Kooti Reihana. It is amazing to see that this image has been graved in the history of the 28th Māori Battalion and I am proud to see this history being seen by generations to come.
Go to the library and ask for one of the 237.1312 hour loan books. Find the name of a creative practitioner in that book, then search for that name on the book catalogue PCs (upstairs, Level B – don’t use Discover). Locate an image of their work (preferably in print) that fits with your creative writing. Scan this and upload it to your blog, remembering to include a caption.