The Nature of Living Oral History – Wednesday 15 October 2015

The reo research discussions by Matua Wiremu-Huta Martin and Professor Taiarahia Black recorded in the Tumeke FM reo irirangi studio Wednesday 15 October further demonstrated the rich diversity-legacy; the nature of living oral history as part of Mātaatua and Mātā Waka everyday experience.  Professor Black creating a personality of words and expressions reinforced the point; “we want our reo research forums of living oral history to reflect our marae-tikanga academies, the kōrero is instinctive and essential, addressing directly the people’s oral and written literature that has immediate impact”.

This presentation integrated published and published sources into the conversation to provide evidenced base sources complemented with discussions of Pinepine te kura, Te Tarata, Ōrākau and Pukehinahina, Rangiaowhia with the emergence and the inspiration of the 19th century Māori prophets with particular references to Governor George Grey government of the time.  The conversation in te reo provides the extensions, interpretations, analysis of local historical sources to contextualise principal elements of whānau, hapū and iwi living oral knowledge.

Mātaatua Waka history was, and still is in the telling, built around whānau, hapū and iwi intellectual foundations, demonstrated over successive generations by kaikaranga, kaiwhaikōrero, kaiwaiata, kaikarakia, kaitātaki kapa haka, kaikauhau, kaitaka kai, kaiwhakahaere, kaitāmoko, kairangahau marae, pūtaiao, whānau, hapū and iwi narratives.

It is these stimulating, historical narratives that will complement and populate our contemporary knowledge to bring new innovative nuances to support Mātaatua Waka reo researchers to undertake reo studies in masters and a doctorate degrees at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

You can either listen to the recorded broadcast via Soundcloud (below) or listen via Podcast – search for TumekeFM.

Photo credit: Photos used on Soundcloud and on this page were taken at Te Tarata 150th Commemoration by Kahi Stevens.