This visual journey inspires wananga about Whare Tangata and depicts a journey understood as: an emerging consciousness; engaging in resistance and ultimately empowerment. This is an intimate and personal journey of decolonisation. It is argued that for Maori to begin the process of recovery from colonisation, the balance between Women and Men must be restored.
Whare Tangata is a site to explore and contest colonial discourse.
These wananga create a context for discussing the complexities of colonisation;there is no “one size fits all” approach to recovery. Such discussions promote the examination of the impact of colonisation on Whare Tangata.
Whakapapa narrative establishes the centrality of female sexuality and reproductive capabilities in the creation of the world.
The three stage journey of Whare Tangata begins with Te Whare Oho (the house of awakened consciousness), which establishes the conceptual basis for Whare Tangata as a context for creation.
This continues with Te Whare Tu (the house of resistance) engaging with the world around us and inciting debate. Finally, Te Whare Ora (the house of development) is inspired by solutions in our narratives, embracing the transformations of Te Whare Tangata within an evolving world.
Te Wharepora Hou o Hineteiwaiwa is a series of wananga designed to be hared in succession and in the order of Te Whare Oho, Te Whare Tu and Te Whare Ora asserting that Whare Tangata is a transformative framework for self-determination.
November 30, 2016