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Alice Te Punga Somerville

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677566

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677566.001.0001

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Manuhiri, Fānau: Pasifika Write Connections

Manuhiri, Fānau: Pasifika Write Connections

(p.139) Chapter 6 Manuhiri, Fānau: Pasifika Write Connections
Once Were Pacific

Alice Te Punga Somerville

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter describes two ways in which Pasifika writers articulate a sense of connection with Māori that correspond to the narratives about the island called “Matiu.” The first approach to Māori-Pasifika connection is the “manuhiri”, a word from the Māori language that demonstrates cultural familiarity. One example of a manuhiri is Karlo Mila's Dream Fish Floating, which tells the story of a fish and a navigator. “Fānau”, the second approach to Māori-Pasifika connection, recognizes the deep connections between Māori and Pasifika since the migrations to Aotearoa. Albert Wendt's published play The Songmaker's Chair is a popular example of fānau.

Keywords:   Pasifika writers, Māori, Matiu, manuhiri, Karlo Mila, Dream Fish Floating, fānau, Aotearoa, Albert Wendt, The Songmaker's Chair

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