More than Mere
Episode:117Te Papa Collection:Taonga Māori
Suggested curriculum levels:4 – 6
Description:Mere were once weapons of war; now they may carry new stories of people and places that give them a different kind of strength. Piri Sciascia is the proud holder of three such mere.
Questions for students
- What are mere made from? How does the shape of a mere make it well-suited to its original purpose?
- Why was Piri not allowed to take the large mere onto a plane? Do you agree with the pilot or with Piri? Why?
- Why are there very few old mere still in existence? What happened to them? Why?
- Piri says its time to give mere a new history. What does he mean by that? Can you give an example of an old weapon having a new history?
- Mere have a different significance and purpose nowadays. Identify two aspects of their value and use that have changed over time. Use the 'Then and now' response template to record these changes.