Ki tua o te puhi rauwhero
Events for Wāhine: Beyond the dusky maiden, an exhibition that acknowledges and celebrates the mana of Māori women. Includes film screenings at Ngā Taonga.
- Date: Friday, 28 July, 2017
12.10pm to 1pm
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
- Contact Details:
For more information, email ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz
Historical representations of Māori women
A panel discussion chaired by Ariana Tikao (Kāi Tahu).
How have Māori women been portrayed and (mis)represented? How has this influenced Māori women’s self-perception and the views of others about Māori women?
Puawai Cairns (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pūkenga), Senior Curator Māori, at Te Papa will talk about some of the stories that revealed themselves during the course of her research for Te Papa's Gallipoli exhibition. She will share some small stories that were easy to miss but which, in the course of uncovering, alluded to the invisibility of many Māori women in World War One histories.
Paul Diamond (Ngāti Hauā, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi), Curator, Māori at the Alexander Turnbull Library, will share cartoons featuring Māori women from his forthcoming book on the representation of Māori in editorial cartoons. Subjects include Tini Whetu Tirikatene Sullivan, who represented the Southern Māori electorate from 1967-1996, and whose portrayal acknowledged her use of fashion as a political tool in Māori advocacy.
Ariana Tikao will share kōrero relating to atua wahine and portrayals of wāhine in pūrākau (Māori legends).
About the speakers
Puawai Cairns was the Māori content curator on the World War One exhibition, 'Gallipoli: the scale of our war', and is currently working on the next iwi exhibition at Te Papa, opening September 2017, as well as co-writing a book on protest and resistance material in private and public collections for Te Papa Press (to be published 2019). She has a long-standing research interest in documenting contemporary Māori social history, the diversity of Māori activity over recent decades, and developing collections around these observations.
Paul Diamond was appointed the inaugural Curator, Māori at the Alexander Turnbull Library in 2011. In 2016 he was awarded a National Library of Australia Fellowship to enhance the description of Māori collections at the NLA. Paul is the author of two books (A Fire in Your Belly, Huia 2003; and Makereti: taking Māori to the World, Random House NZ 2007), and has also worked as an oral historian and broadcaster. He was a judge for the 2017 Ockham Book Awards and has been awarded the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writer's Residency for 2017-2018.
Ariana Tikao is the Turnbull Library's Research Librarian, Māori, and co-curator of Wahine: Beyond the dusky maiden.