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Carving Family History

Episode:86Te Papa Collection:Pacific Cultures

Suggested curriculum levels:2 – 4

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Social Sciences: Identity, Culture, and Organisation

Description:Traditional methods of making tools are often lost in the modern age; find out how Kupa and Jack, brothers from Tokelau, have kept alive their grandfather's legacy by learning how to make adzes.

Questions for students

  1. What is this Tale about? Explain its main idea in your own words.
  2. Why was it important for the men to learn how to make the adzes from their grandfather? How have they shown their respect for his skills and knowledge?
  3. The Tale gives an example of learning by apprenticeship. Look up 'apprenticeship' and find its derivation. What does the term mean? Use the 'Words' response template to record your findings about this and any other words in the Tale that are new to you.
  4. How does apprenticeship learning differ from most school-based learning? What kinds of skills are best learned by apprenticeship? Think of a time when you've learned something in this way.
  5. What other tools have different sizes or shapes for different purposes? List them, then describe and illustrate a story about another such tool or implement.

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