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Calling All Xenites!

Episode:90Te Papa Collection:History

Suggested curriculum levels:2 – 7

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, The Arts: Communicating and Interpreting

Description:Xena: Warrior Princess was an all-action television series with extreme costumes. Riria Hotere discovers what caught the imagination of Xenites like Te Papa's own Anna Greaves.

Questions for students

  1. Have you ever seen the television series, Xena: Warrior Princess? If so, were you a 'Xenite'? What especially appealed to you about Xena?
  2. Superheroes and heroines have appeared in popular literature over many centuries and in many cultures. The character of Xena was 'invented' for a television series about Hercules. Research where the Hercules story came from, and why he was considered a superhero.
  3. Compare a popular superhero with a hero/heroine from another culture or time. Use the 'Comparisons' response template to show what they have in common and what is different. Consider features such as their powers, weapons and causes.
  4. Do you think television and movie costumes can be regarded as art? Why do you think that?
  5. Select one of the items in Te Papa's Xena collection. Explore the work involved in designing and creating it. What does it tell you about how television and film foster the work of artists in New Zealand?

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