Ngai Tahu Society

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Ngai Tahu Society

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Indigenous Studies, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MAOR 102 or MAOR 103

  • 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 the knowledge base of traditional Ng?i Tahu society, with emphasis on traditional lifestyles.

    This paper will examine the culture and social structures of Ng?i Tahu, the Manawhenua in the Otago region. Some of the topics covered are mythical ancestors and their deeds, whakapapa, imagery and food. Field trips to various sites of importance to Ng?i Tahu, as well as a visit to the Hocken Library collection, are included in this paper.

    Learning Outcomes
    Students, on completion of this course, will be able to:
    -Identify 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
    -Understand the various classes of data that contribute to an overall picture and recognise the strengths and weaknesses of each
    -Begin to understand the perspectives of the various recorders of, and commentators upon, traditional M?ori information and recognise monocultural myopia and hidden agendas, both M?ori and non-M?ori

    Readings and references available in class

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