At this time of year there’s an urge to go into what I like to call “hibernation mode”. This involves hunkering down at home on frosty nights with books or DVDs. Believe it or not my Māori ancestors did just the same, but instead of modern amusements they turned to things such as craftwork, storytelling, waiata, and whakapapa to wile away the long winter nights. Matariki, Māori new year, is a time to explore some of those traditions again.
In particular whakapapa was and is an important part of Māori culture (though the drive to trace and record one’s forbears is not limited to those with Māori ancestry). For those who are interested in learning how to use library resources to trace whakapapa I will be giving a series of presentations on this topic over the month of June (see our schedule of Matariki events for dates and times). The first session is on 4 June at Waitikiri Learning Centre so book your place now if you think you’d like to explore your Māori family history. (Warning: whakapapa/genealogy research is highly addictive)
Otherwise consider checking out these titles –
- Layer upon layer = whakapapa
- Whakapapa : an introduction to Māori family history research
- Te haurapa : an introduction to researching tribal histories and traditions