Week #2: Mana Whenua
What my table group learnt from reading “Introduction to the Oxford Illustrated History of Science”:
- Science has become disconnected from culture.
- Science explains physical and spiritual things.
- Science explains models and the different ways of explaining models.
- Science is always adapting.
- Science sums up the way in which we make sense of the world around us.
- Science is a uniquely human activity.
- Most of what we know now will become false in the future.
Huhana Smith interview
(Video on Youtube but unlisted)
- Rehabilitating the stream using matauranga Maori approach.
- Harakeke (NZ Flax) Indigenous plant.
- Doing this to keep contact between community and land.
- Creating “pa harakeke”.
- Harvest the harakeke and use if for making things, e.g. fibres for cloth, etc.
- Harakeke also has medicinal uses.
- Getting artists and artisans involved in responding to the project.
- Pushing the design aspects of the task through Massey, e.g. textile engineers, designers, etc.