Toioho ki Apiti the Awakening of Creativity: A Pedagogy for Trans-national Art

By Robert Hans George Jahnke.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Trans-nationalism as a euro-american notion implies transposition of art and ideas across national boundaries. In New Zealand art created by Māori (indigenous people) straddles three definitive forms of art practice: customary (or traditional), trans-customary (or trans-traditional) and non-customary (or non-traditional); it is the latter art practice that is most empathetic with the principle of trans-national art. The paper explores the Toioho ki Apiti indigenous pedagogical model at Massey University in Palmerston North relative to other Māori art educational models within New Zealand, and in relation to the three definitive forms of contemporary Māori art practice. The Toioho ki Apiti pedagogical model will be further contextualized relative to mana whakapapa (inheritance rights), mana tiriti (treaty rights), mana whenua (land rights) and mana tangata (human rights) that constitute the thematic program for each of the four years of the undergraduate degree, and the relevance of these themes for trans-nationalism.

Keywords: Trans-nationalism, Indigenous, Pedagogy, Trans-customary, Māori, Whakapapa, Mana, Tiriti, Whenua, Tangata

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.97-112. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.259MB).

Prof. Robert Hans George Jahnke

Head, School of Maori Studies, Massey University, Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand

Professor Robert Jahnke is currently the Head of Māori Studies at Massey University in Palmerston North New Zealand. He is both an educator and an artist whose work is represented in several major public collections in New Zealand. He is responsible for the creation of the Toiho ki Apiti programmme at Massey University in Palmerston North, which he coordinates, teaches and supervises. He also contributes to Māori visual culture as a writer. He recently completed a PhD entitled, ‘The house that Riwai built: a continuum of Maori Art’. Many of his ex-students are now working in galleries and museums while others are employed in tertiary institutions throughout the country.

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