Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision will be touring the East Coast next week to share recently preserved and scanned images of three important archival films of significance to Tairāwhiti iwi.
Pou Ārahi, Honiana Love and Senior Outreach Curator, Lawrence Wharerau will accompany the films to share the refreshed images with secondary schools, public and kaumātua starting Tuesday August 29th in Gisborne and then in Ruatoria on Thursday the 31st.
The films include;
- Hui Aroha ki Tūranga, the week-long Hui Aroha was organized to welcome the Maori Pioneer Battalion home from France, to honour those who did not return, and to celebrate peace. The surviving film shows poi dances and string games and was hosted at the Gisborne Race Course. 1919
- Scenes of Māori Life on the East Coast records an ethnographic expedition to Te Tairāwhiti with Elsdon Best, Apirana Ngata, Te Rangihiroa and government photographer James MacDonald. Images of māori art, fishing, gardening and weaving practice are captured at a time when Māori were considered “a dying race”. 1923
- Māori Hui at Tikitiki shows the celebratory hui for the consecration of Saint Mary’s Anglican Church at Tikitiki as well as feast preparations and entertainment. 1926
The venue for the Gisborne screening will be at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in the Whirikōka Room 6:00pm Tuesday August 29th and the Radio Ngāti Porou building in Ruatoria 6:00pm Thursday 31st. Entry is free but we wouldn’t say no to koha. This kaupapa is generously supported by Radio Ngāti Porou, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and the New Zealand Community Trust.
“These are possibly the most iconic films of Māori from the Tairāwhiti region known to exist and the quality of the scanned images is such that minute and intricate detail not seen in the images since they were first processed has once again become apparent. We can now see the texture of clothing, deep into the background and leaves on trees where once these were nothing more than unfocussed, grainy, scratchy images,” says Wharerau.
“I was amazed when I first engaged with these images for the practices they recorded, but these refreshed images are something else to behold and we can’t wait to share them with those who have strong tangible links to the images and more importantly the kaumātua and kuia recorded and preserved in the films.”
Bilingual commentary and anecdotal information will be provided for these presentations of silent film. A generic music bed has also been added.
On the intervening day, conversations and hui with East Coast iwi representatives will be conducted as part of the “Ngā Taonga Iwi Engagement Strategy”. These hui will discuss best practice in caring for sound, television and film archival material held in trust by Ngā Taonga and hopefully toward establishing and cementing further iwi based kaitiaki.
For further information and/or discussion please contact;
(04) 896 4845 ddi
(027) 334 3695