On Wednesday 18th November the Harinui Syndicate walked to the Papatoetoe Library. There we met the three teachers from the Auckland War Memorial Museum – Maori Focus Team.
We had a wonderful time. As we entered the library we were greeted by the teachers. The we were divided into two groups Tahi and Rua. We sat on special mats facing each other. We were both the audience and the actors! Between our two groups there was a stream with kai moana (seafood) in it!
Our teachers showed us how to do our drama/dance/fight sequence! We were to be two tribes of fairies, fighting fairies! We practised until we knew all the arm actions and words to say.
Then the leaders started to tell the story of a handsome prince and a beautiful princess!
The prince and the princess lived in different tribes. Their villages were on opposite sides of the river. One day they both went down to the river to fish for kai moana. The each dived in to the water to catch some ika, tuna or paua.
The young people met and fell in love! But their tribes of fairy people were not very happy about it. They decided to fight. We did the actions of the Maori warrior dance. We remembered all the things we had learned and it looked and sounded great!
When the Tahi warriors had danced, then the Rua warriors danced.
We really enjoyed the story and talked about it a lot when we got back to school. It was a great two weeks studying the Tales and Legends of our cultures!