Mapping the Ancestral Landscapes of Te Waipounamu
Part of Aspiring Conversations, presented by Milford Asset Management
“So we go back to the land, the whenua, and we put the names in place because that’s where the history is.” - Trevor Howse
Lakes Wānaka and Hāwea are part of an ancestral landscape of immense cultural significance to Ngāi Tahu; stories of people and events, place names, trails, and mahinga kai (food gathering places) are embedded throughout the area.
Many of the region’s original place names, stories and historical associations were rendered invisible by the colonial encounter. However, in recent years, the Ngāi Tahu Archive team has been working with Ngāi Tahu communities to breathe life back into the landscapes of Te Waipounamu, by restoring original place names, sharing stories of people and place, and making archival information available to iwi members and the wider community for the first time.
In this session, Takerei Norton, Helen Brown and Sir Tipene O’Regan from the Ngāi Tahu Archive team showcase their digital atlas, Kā Huru Manu, and other history and memory projects, to discuss the Ngāi Tahu people, places, and stories of Wānaka and Hāwea.
Sponsored by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu / Placemakers.