Suzanne Tamaki

Taonga Talkback TV - Episode Five: Plastic Māori (2020)

1 min 32 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

"A daily episode of TAONGA from AOTEAROA telling you how it is and disrupting the narrative. If you don't like it, change the channel. #history #educateyourself

Episode five: Plastic Maori 
#plasticmaori #costume #malfunction

Manu the plastic Māori doll draws our attention to the cultural appropriation of Māori culture and taonga. She is an example of kiwiana, which is a New Zealand word used to describe a sense of national identity. Manu’s costume is made up of Māori cultural customs such as raranga (weaving) and whakairo (carving), although she is a symbol of kiwiana culture, Manu exclaims “she is Māori."

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