237.131 Conversations in Creative Cultures 237.131 Studio Notes Bachelor of Fine Arts

237.131 – Week #4 Notes

Week #4: Te Reo Māori & Te Reo Pākehā

Tapu and Noa

Table discussion on this.

People have tapu.

Human waste therefore have tapu.

Medical waste as an example.

Interesting to look at powhiri. Consecration, blessing, removal of tapu.


Sacred, prohibited, restricted, forbidden, protection


Secular, free from restriction, open, clean, whole, ordinary, normal (but be careful with this word – opposite is obviously not abnormal in this context).

Use of karakia to draw a line between your state before you start something, and then after you’ve ended doing something.

Tame Iti video