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Kahu Kurī

Episode:3Te Papa Collection:Taonga Māori

Suggested curriculum levels:3 – 8

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, The Arts: Understanding the Arts in Context, Social Sciences: Identity, Culture, and Organisation

Description:The extinct Polynesian dog (kurī) provides gorgeous white fur for the most valuable of Māori cloaks. Simon Morton comes face to face with the kurī and the chief.

Questions for students

  1. What comprehension strategies, such as making connections to things you already know, helped you to understand the Tale?
  2. What do you already know about the ways in which different kinds of Māori cloaks are made? What was the special significance of the kahu kurī?
  3. What comparisons can you make between Māori cloaks and special garments used in other cultures? What purposes do they serve? Choose one garment and compare the way it is used with the kahu kurī. Use the 'Comparisons' response template to record your ideas.
  4. Do you think costume is a form of art? If so, what do the garments we wear communicate about us? Describe a modern 'art' garment, for example, a decorated hoodie or t-shirt. What does wearing it communicate?
  5. What ideas for your own art work occurred to you as you watched this Tale? Use the 'Ideas' response template to explore your ideas further.

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