Introduction to Ngai Tahu

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Ngai Tahu

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Indigenous Studies, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to Ng?i Tahu society and culture, with emphasis on their distinctiveness and their role as manawhenua in the Otago region.

    This course will introduce students to Ng?i Tahu society and culture, with emphasis on their distinctiveness and role as Manawhenua in the Otago region.

    Course Structure
    Internal Assessment 40%
    Examination 60%

    Learning Outcomes
    Students, on completion of this course, will be able to:
    -Understand the traditional and the present-day tribal structure of Ng?i Tahu
    -Demonstrate a basic understanding of the oral traditions that make Ng?i Tahu distinct
    -Show an understanding of the Ng?i Tahu response to colonisation in the 19th century
    -Appreciate how the Ng?i Tahu claim has helped to change Ng?i Tahu society into what it is today

    -Anderson, A.J. 1998; The Welcome of Strangers, Otago University Press, Dunedin
    -Beattie, J. Herries 1994; Traditional Lifeways of the Southern Maori, Otago University Press, Dunedin
    -Brailsford, Barry, 1981; The Tattooed Land, Reed, Wellington
    -Dacker, Bill 1994; Te Mamae me te Aroha, University of Otago Press, Dunedin
    -Davis, Te Awe 1990; He K?rero P?r??kau Mo Ng? Taunahanahatanga a Ng? T?puna, New Zealand Geographic Board, Wellington
    -Department of Internal Affairs 1991; The People of Many Peaks, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington
    -Department of Internal Affairs1994; The Turbulent Years, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington
    -Evison, Harry C. 1988; The Treaty of Waitangi and the Ngai Tahu Claim, Ngai Tahu Maori Trust Board, Christchurch
    -Evison, Harry C.1993; Te Wai Pounamu, Aoraki Press, Christchurch
    -Griffiths, G. and Goodall, M. 1980; Maori Dunedin, Otago Heritage Books, Dunedin
    -O?Regan, Tipene, 1990; "A Kai Tahu History", in Te Karanga 6 (1): 7-12
    -Shortland, Edward, 1851; Southern Districts of New Zealand, Longman, London
    -Stack, J. W., 1898; South Island Maoris. A Sketch of Their History and Legendary Lore, Whitcombe and Tombs, Christchurch
    -Taylor,W.A., 1950; Lore and History of the South Island Maori, Bascands, Christchurch
    -Tikao, T. T. 1990; Tikao Talks, Penguin, Auckland


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