Friday, July 14, 2017

Weaving Words 17 - Closing Keynote Dame Claudia Orange

How can an historian help English teachers make sense of our world?
How do we construct the memory of events?

How does history shape our identity of a people?

In the 1960s NZ History was largely written monocultural and badly written. Te Reo was not considered important despite much documentation being in Te Reo.

Her research challenged the majority view of a benign government looking after a peoples. 1940s and 1950s policy saw education stopping for Maori after Yr10.

Her first book published in 1987 was during a wave of 'new' kinds of history - dual voices.

Government viewed Treaty as an historical artefact rather than a working document. 1970s changed this.

1980s 'anti treaty' stance has moved towards reconciliation of now.

Many unresolved issues still - such as the constitutional place of the Treaty!

Writing - creating the Biography of NZ - interesting journey - biographies of women and Maori raised a number of issues - Te Ara has the online repository of this.

Managing Te Papa repository of historical collection cf to collecting 'stuff' in a garage! Te Papa 'a garden' of all the treasures we have.

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