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Matariki Wall Calendar 2011 - 2012
Matariki Wall Calendar 2011 -...


Calendar June 2011 - May 2012

Calendar (2011)

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Release date Australia
May 6th, 2011
Country of Publication
New Zealand
colour photographs, paintings
Te Papa Press
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Matariki is the ever-popular 'Mäori New Year', and Te Papa's Matariki Maramataka is the perfect way to mark its beginning - as well as celebrating New Zealand's unique indigenous culture and natural world all through the year.

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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