moana and maori culture

when i was 13 my mumma moved us to New Zealand for 2 years. I went to school there and traveled all over the south island and had a generally beautiful time, but the one thing I will never forget is how much of the Maori Culture is embedded in New Zealand’s everyday happenings.

Over the two years I was there, I (like everyone who attended school) learned about Maori language, customs and history. Not in a superficial “yes they exist” way like Australia does with the Aboriginal culture, but actually got involved with the Iwi and leaned about language and practices from Maori chiefs and members of the community. It was a privilege that I’ll always be grateful for.

I just got back from seeing Moana and while I would never boast to be an expert or even a part of Polynesian culture, I couldn’t help but recognize the Hongi (the forehead touching Maori greeting) that Moana does with her grandmother, and the Hukka Maui does when he faces Tefiti. Maui himself is a figure in Maori mythology I remember learning about when I went to school in NZ.

Admittedly I was a little worried this film would be one giant visual scrapbook of cultural appropriation. But with a strongly Polynesian cast and crew leading the production, my worries proved unnecessary.

But like I said, my knowledge is limited and I don’t claim any connection to the culture, biologically, I was just really pleased to see a culture I have appreciated and respected for a big part of my life be shown so beautifully through a story so heartwarming and i hope Moana is a film everyone goes and sees and loves and i never hear about Frozen ever again.

also s/o to my boi taika waititi for anything he touches being golden

vimyvickers  asked:

Headcanon: Boone is sweet on Tommy-the-Medic (who is Just Fine and Not Killed In A Bombardment In The Trenches Of France) and they are an Item(TM) (also Tommy-the-medic looks kinda like Taika Waititi?) (was gonna go anon but shucks you'd prolly know it was me)

i loooooove them!!

i had one more drawing but my computer crashed. i’ll see if i can finish that later.


The official trailer for the New Zealand vampire comedy “What We Do in the Shadows, directed by Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi, about three vampire flatmates coping with the modern world.