The calendar runs from June 2011, when the star formation known as Matariki (the Pleiades) officially appears in the sky, through to May 2012.
Each tribe had its own lore around Matariki, a time for considering the rhythms of the land and how to protect and sustain resources. Connected with this were the protocols that taught people how to live in balance with the natural world. This year's calendar is packed full of proverbs and körero that celebrate and revive these principles and highlight their relevance today. Images include Te Papa's precious taonga, activities from contemporary Mäori life and scenes of our beautiful country through the seasons.
Around New Zealand, Matariki is a time of great festivity, as well as reflection and planning for the year to come. This calendar teaches people of all ages about life for traditional Mäori and their relationship with the natural world - as well as how to connect with Matariki in modern times.
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