Phew! Kua mutu te wiki o te reo Māori (moku noa iho)! My duties as guest-editor over at The Wireless have ended, it's been such a great week but I'm so tired. Working with such talented rangatahi has been suuuuch a privilege and it's so amazing to see their whakaaro, kōrero, toi, out in the world. Nāku te honore.
Today we also published the last post of women and their voting stories at Te Papa (again featuring some people that have been profiled on here in the past!) before gearing up again for a new set of election issue-related pieces next week. Before I fall asleep, let's have a last blast of fun for te reo Māori and GLAM-related things.
1. The three paradigms of Māori art
Last weekend at the joint opening of Bob Jahnke's ATA: A third reflection and Bridget Reweti's Irihanga, Bob starting to explain to us the three paradigms of Māori art. Being an opening night, I may have imbibed a few too many beers to completely grasp what he said BUT I still appreciated his willingness to share and his openness to debate. It was the first time I'd met him and he was so great. Same goes with Karl Chitham, the loveliest man who was also very giving with his art and museum mātauranga. So here is my main takeaway when it comes to the paradigms of Māori art, which I'm going to butcher from someone else (I think it was an uncle of Rangi Matamua who he quoted during a talk I saw him do!): 'knowledge isn't knowledge if it isn't shared'. Me whakaputa aua whakaaro toi Māori!
And if you get a chance, get along to the shows! My dad drove over from Rotorua to attend the opening too, it was his first time in a gallery so pīki mihi ki a ia!
2. Flat-pack whakapapa and Matthew McIntyre-Wilson
A few hyphens there innit. Anyway, check this inter-generational, trans-art form kōrero going down at the Dowse next Sunday. Maureen and Matthew are two more awesome ringatoi Māori who have graciously shared their mātauranga and approaches and this looks to be a similarly engaging time.
3. Guyon Espiner and te reo Māori
Sticking with te reo Māori, I've really appreciated the ways in which Guyon Espiner and Susie Ferguson have been so open with their experiences in receiving criticism (sexist / racist). Earlier this week I was listening to Guyon's morning kōrero with Mihingarangi Forbes and hearing their exchange, the diligent way in which Guyon spoke, the gentle way in which Mihingarangi encouraged him was just so damn heartening. So I tweeted about it.
Little did I know that that tweet would end up in an article that Guyon wrote about his journey with te reo Māori and that I would get to see how much they appreciate this encouragement. Let's keep supporting everyone who is on this reo-learning journey.
4. Take me to Church
The latest On the Rag podcast is out with special guest Clementine Ford. I haven't actually finished it but I did really appreciate the part where each of the hosts talked about how they deal with online abuse. The reason this particularly resonated was because I took a few of the comments relating to some of the te wiki stories to heart. However, when you have others reassure you (like The Wireless editor Marcus Stickley did, ngā mihi nui Marcus!) that these people don't deserve your time, it can be really liberating.
Clementine Ford's line was particularly great where she said that the people are commenting from a particular platform so the conversation begins with an imbalance. Why waste your time trying to correct that imbalance? Especially when you could be writing something awesome with that time.
Kupu. (Lol, get it. Word.)
5. Museum Dopplelgangers
And for something compleeetely different, have you found your museum twin before?!
Kia pai tou mutunga wiki!
For this Friday's song, did you know Spotify had a Discover Weekly section where they compile a playlist for you based on what you have listened to? Or am I the only dumbo who didn't?
Anyway, it's how I found Etta Bond: