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Ta Moko Panel

Episode:24Te Papa Collection:Taonga Māori

Suggested curriculum levels:3 – 5

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

Description:Te Papa is home to a number of precious carved taonga, although none quite like the impressive three-dimensional faces of the Ta Moko Panel.

Questions for students

  1. What does it mean that the carver, Tene Waitere, was known as an 'innovator'? Use the 'Words' response template to explore this and other words used in the Tale.
  2. Why were these carvings made? What is your response to them? Make notes to share with others.
  3. What connections can you make between these and other carvings you've seen?
  4. How do we learn to understand and appreciate culture and heritage? Identify some of the ways. What can people learn from cultures that are different from their own?
  5. What went through your head when you watched this Tale? How significant do you think the Ta Moko Panel is?

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