Matariki 2016/2017

August 25, 2016 in Uncategorized by Emilie Geant

matariki, calendar, illustration, emilie geant , maoriCelebrating traditional Maori New Year.

“The rising of the constellation of Matariki in the month of June signals to the people of Polynesia, settled across vast expanses of Oceania, that a new cycle has begun. In New Zealand, Maori developed a sophisticated culture adapted to the climate and conditions they discovered following organised migrations in large doubled hulled ocean-going waka to reach Aotearoa. Using traditional knowledge, with the stars and other natural signs to guide them, the master navigators of Polynesia preceded the great European explorers Abel Tasman, Captain James Cook and others by several centuries.

This year’s calendar reflects upon the extraordinary events of exploration, discovery, migration, settlement and cultural exchange that bought the development of Aotearoa New Zealand as a nation of different people.”

Arrival of Captain Cook - extract from Matariki calendar 2016/2017

Sheep farming together - extract from Matariki calendar 2016/2017

Treaty signature - extract from Matariki calendar 2016/2017

Mateship - extract from Matariki calendar 2016/2017