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A Cape of Stars

Episode:77Te Papa Collection:Taonga Māori

Suggested curriculum levels:3 – 8

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, The Arts: Developing Ideas

Description:Kohai Grace explains to Riria Hotere the story behind her Matariki cloak and even lets her try it on!

Questions for students

  1. Some of the words used in this Tale may be familiar to you, but do you understand their meanings, and the families of words they belong to? Use the 'Words' response template to explore words such as 'versatile', 'inspiration', 'innovative' and 'customary'.
  2. The Sun, Moon and stars are real entities that have many meanings and beliefs attached to them. They are represented in the art, craft, literature and customs of many cultures. Choose examples of how they are used in two or three different cultures. Prepare a poster or slide show that highlights the similarities and differences.
  3. What is muka? How is it made? If you haven't already done so, have a go at making muka yourself, asking others for advice if necessary.
  4. The artist calls her cape the 'Matariki Caper'. Explain the play on words she has used.
  5. How does Te Papa support present-day artists? Describe some of the ways. How could you use the items in Te Papa's collections for inspiration or research?

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