Kahukiwa is a contemporary Māori artist whose work brings about colonial disruption and engages in themes of indigenous experience in New Zealand, the dispossession of Māori people, and Indigenous motherhood.
People of the World: Māori - Photographs by Jimmy Nelson
The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. The Māori originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of canoe voyages at some time between 1250 and 1300 CE. Over several centuries in isolation, the Polynesian settlers developed a unique culture that became known as the “Māori”, with their own language, a rich mythology, distinctive crafts and performing arts. Early Māori formed tribal groups, based on eastern Polynesian social customs and organization. Horticulture flourished using plants they introduced, and later a prominent warrior culture emerged.
Blu Hunt, a relative newcomer who appeared in a handful of episodes of The Originals, has nabbed the lead role of Danielle Moonstar, the Native American telepath, in Josh Boone’s X-Men spinoff, New Mutants.
The studio is looking to redefine the superhero genre as it did with Deadpool and Logan, and is focusing on giving the spinoff a horror-thriller bent. It will tell of five diverse teens learning to cope with their superpowers who must escape a secret facility where they are being held against their will.
The last role to be filled was Moonstar, a character who is Native American and who has the power to create illusions drawn from the fears and desires of a person’s mind. The character is not only perhaps the most important in the script — according to sources, the movie’s plot leans heavily on the classic “Demon Bear” storyline that ran in the pages of the Marvel Comics title in the 1980s and in which Moonstar plays a central role — but also the one whose casting proved to be the most challenging, as the studio and producers made ethnic authenticity a priority.
Searches were conducted in the U.S. as well as Canada and the U.K., among other countries, before the studio circled around Hunt, who is part Native American. CAA signed the actress hot off the search.
The Maori people of New Zealand just won an environmental battle that has lasted more than 140 years. Have you heard of it? Go to GlobalCitizen.org to read about 7 huge wins for indigenous people in 2017 you probably haven’t heard about in the news. (📷: Eraldo Peres/AP)
Note: In case the meaning of this is missed, this poem is about misplaced love and respect for native culture, when people commoditize culture rather than understanding and appreciating it. It is about losing sight of the plight to preserve native cultures, and instead valuing things rather than thinking about values. It is about overlooking injustices that still bring destruction and obstruction in their curling wake.
“Within 45 minutes Miss Navajo Nation contestants Darienne Nez and
Devon Gorman were the first team to successfully butcher their sheep.
Maybe it was the idea of winning an $800 pair of new Sysco knives
that gave Nez and Gorman the extra oomph they needed to speed through
the butchering category.
Not too far behind them were Summer Jake and Ravonelle Yazzie; a bit further were Crystal Littleben and Kayla Martinez.
But although the large crowd attending the sheep butchering and food
preparation kickoff to the Miss Navajo Nation Competition Wednesday
encouraged them with shouts of “Yéígo!,” Niagra Rockbridge and Kaylee
Begay weren’t able to complete the task.
“This is the only pageant where you have to butcher a sheep,” said Master of Ceremonies Pax Harvey.
Then he asked 2004-2005 Miss Navajo Jannalee Atcitty, mistress of
ceremonies, if the butchering competition really is that difficult.
“How many of you butcher a sheep?” Atcitty asked the boisterous crowd who yelled back that they do butcher.
“Well, how many have done it with hundreds of people watching you?”
asked Atcitty, emphasizing the intimidation and stress she felt when she
competed in the butchering contest.”
Legend tells that the Goroka were almost eliminated by their most feared enemy tribe and were forced to flee into the Asaro River. They waited until dusk before attempting to escape. As they hid, they used the grey mud of the Asaro to fashion masks with which to disguise themselves. That night, the Goroka men rose from the river and were spotted by the enemy tribe who, upon sighting the naked grey-white men, believed they were witnessing living spirits and fled to their village in fear.
The Asaro now perform this ritual to ward off their own evil spirits, creating grotesque masks made with animal jaws and teeth, claws and horns, sculpted from the rivers’ mud. They add sharpened bamboo sticks to their fingers as elongated claws.
The mudmen prowl through the jungle at night, casting fear and trepidation into any spirit or neighbouring tribe who sees them.
There is one movie I couldn’t find, however I was able to find clips of it on Youtube and it’s a VHS tape about Hopi Prophecies and this was the only clip I could find online. Please let me know if you can find the whole collection of this very rare piece of film (Youtube).
Dances With Wolves (movie) (Ma made me put these two down I didn’t want to as they are pretty standard, but she said the plus to watching Dances is seeing Kevin Costner’s ass).
For movies I would advise being very cautious, same with books. I always look into who made them and who the actors are, sadly because we have had enough frauds in our community passing off lies. Movies like Cheyenne Autumn or anything made in the “Golden Era” of Hollywood, especially the Westerns, I would highly advise you stay away from. Not only did they perpetuate lies but most of the “natives” are just people doing redface.
For articles, I have to suggest Jamie K. Oxendine. He’s a family friend and a hell of an M.C. for powwows. Not only have I read quite a few of his articles, I’ve also been able to use him for my A.P. U.S. History course and other scholarly work. He alsoruns a foundationbased on educating people about natives.
And the best tip I can give you for learning our culture however is to go to Powwows, however I understand that not everyone is in America which is why I included movies and books I grew up with. The best education I ever received on my culture is through powwows and is what a lot of stuff that I say is often unsourced as it is carried on through oral tradition.Here is a link for powwow calendars. Here and hereare tips and basic etiquette rules for said powwows.