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Copy of Whale Rider Presentation

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Erryn Marsay

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The Whale Rider Witi Ihimaera's
Inspiration Looked out on the Hudson to see the water from a whale's blow hole sprout from the surface Whangara Small community on the coast of New Zealand's North Island. The film was produced in the actual settlement of Whangara. The Maori Legend of Paikea Seeing the Whale reminded him of
the legend of his people, the Maori,
of a man who rode in to Whangara
on the back of a whale. Who is Witi Ihimaera? Born February 7, 1944 in Gisborne, a town in New Zealand's north island
He is of Maori descent and Anglo-Saxon
He was the first Maori to publish novels and short stories
His first novel Tangi was published in 1973
His book "Whale Rider", has been internationally known. Niki Caro- Director Born 1967, in Wellington, New Zealand
Graduated from Elam school of Fine Arts and University Auckland in 1988 with bachelors in Fine Arts and a master in Fine Arts in Swinburne University of Technology Niki Caro's Film Career Her first film was Memory and Desire, which was chosen for The New Zealand Prestigious Critics Week in 1998
In 1999, the film won the best new film award at the New Zealand Film Awards
In 2002, she directed the Whale Rider and was a huge success in America
In 2005, she made her first hollywood film called North country The Maori are the indigenous Polynesian speaking people in New Zealand.
Maori legend says the Maori came from "Hawaiki", the legendary home about 1000 years ago.
When the Maori arrived in New Zealand, they found a cold land with many volcanoes and snow capped mountains; a land they call the "Land of the Long White Cloud."
After centuries of being isolated, the settlers became a unique culture called the Maori
European settlement in the 1800's took its toll with war and disease killing many until today the Maori population is only 14% of New Zealand's population.
Most Maori's today live on the North Island. Traditional Maori's speak the Maori language, Te reo
When they first became a culture, they were more sophisticated because they had rich mythology, performing arts and distinctive crafts
Later on, after arrival of Europeans, they became more of a warrior culture
At first in the 17th century, they were hostile toward each other but eventually coexisted as a british colony in 1840 Kapa Haka Before 'Whites' arrived in New Zealand, all literature was passed on orally, including legends and songs.
The most recognised tradition today is the Haka, which is a war dance.
The Kapa Haka dance is displayed in the movie Whale Rider
It is a traditional ancestral war cry dance and challenge from the Maori people used to display anger and aggression, and to intimidate their foes.
Oftentimes the men performing the Haka would go into battle naked wearing only a metal belt.
The New Zealand rugby team the All Blacks performs this dance before the start of the game
Kapa Haka originated in Hawaiki, the ancient home of the Maori The Whale Rider was written in New York and Cape Cod over the space of three weeks in 1987 In the small settlement of Whangara, the locals claim descent from the Whale Pider, Paikea. The chief is searching for a new leader to lead his people.
For Koro, the chief, there is hope of finding a new leader when his eldest son fathers twins; a boy and a girl. Unfortunately both mother and boy child die in childbirth. In her dying words the mother names her daughter Paikea.
Broken hearted, the chief's son leaves the country and the child is raised by her grandparents. Another Prominent Maori cultural feature are the cultural tattoos. Full faced Tattoos or "moko" was predominately a male activity. Female tattoos were restricted to the chin area, upper lip and nostrils. Many Maori today still employ cultural tattoos
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