History of Aotearoa New Zealand Podcast

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This episode we look at the realm of Hineraukatauri, goddess of flutes. We primarily look at the kōauau, what it was, how it was made, what it was used for and of course how it sounded! We also talk briefly about the rehu and whio!
We continue looking at taonga pūoro with some more shells, this time from land snails, along with the realms of Hine Pū Te Hue, goddess of gourds, Tāwhirimātea, lord of winds and storms and Papatuānuku, the Earth Mother.
This episode we start our look at taonga pūoro, Māori musical instruments! Initially looking at the demesne's of Tānemahuta and some of Tangaroa's.
We finish off the story of Barnet Burns as he once again settles in with a new iwi before he presented with a choice that will change his life once again.
We continue the story of Barnet Burns in which he finally gets himself settled into his new life until he hits a few, shall we say, bumps in the road including being captured and experiencing his first proper battle, which he led soldiers in!
We take a bit of a break from our regular programming to bring you some episodes about an English trader that came to Aotearoa, Barnet Burns! (Yes, I did cover this in the Pax Britannica episode but there will be new things in this too!)
A dramatic retelling of the Māori Paris and Helen of Troy, except it's way better and Helen is badass!
For our final episode on tā moko we talk about toi moko, preserved heads. How they were made, why they were made and everything else about them!
This episode we discuss all about what moko meant to Māori, what the motifs meant and how moko was being used in a post-European Aotearoa!
This time we will talk about what Europeans thought about moko, given it was something entirely different to what they had ever expereinced before, as well generally the sort of things they recorded about moko and how it was captured visually. To finish, we will discuss those Europeans and Pākehā who ended up receiving moko themselves, some against their will. Wet plate photography exhibit: https://www.puaki.com
This episode we look at the tohunga tā moko, the tattooists themselves as well as the people being tattooed. We have a particular focus on women, talking about their moko, what it cost and other interesting tidbits. We also chat briefly about the tikanga and tapu of the moko as a whole!
For our first episode of the decade we begin our look at tā moko, Māori tattooing! The story of how the practice came from the underworld, the tools used and how the ink was made!
The 2019 AMAA episode where I answer the questions you sent in to me!
An announcement of my collab with Pax Britannica!
We say goodbye to Māui in his final adventures.
A dramatic retelling of how Māui fished up Aotearoa and outwitted the father of eels!
Today we launch the Patreon only episodes with a special episode all about my Bird of the Year choice!
This episode we talk about the rise and decline of the New Zealand industrial flax industry post European arrival!
The second part of our collaboration with the Happy Hour History Podcast, talking about Bob Semple!
Continuing on from our talk about harakeke, we discuss the garments and other items Māori were making out of New Zealand's wonder plant!
Part 1 of a special collaboration episode with the Happy Hour History Podcast about a very interesting and not well known part of New Zealand history: Robert 'Bob' Semple. This is all about his early life, his involvement in politics and the early labour movement in Aotearoa. It's an absolute cracker! Warning: language that some may deem offensive used throughout.
The first of our discussions on Maori weaving! We talk all about harakeke, New Zealand flax, how to process and dye it as well as the techniques used to weave it into items of greatness!
It’s a double whammy! A dramatic retelling of how Maui slowed the sun and how he brought the knowledge of making fire to the world!
We round out our discussion of Maori carving talking about motifs, with a focus on depictions of humans as well as talking about the carvers themselves. I also get excited about charcoal on rocks towards the end…
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Podcast Details

Created by
Thomas Rillstone
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Jan 2nd, 2019
Latest Episode
Jan 16th, 2021
Release Period
2 per month
Episodes
64
Avg. Episode Length
28 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Serial
Language
English

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