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Remaking Pacific PastsHistory, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Theater from Oceania$
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Diana Looser

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839765

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839765.001.0001

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Revisiting “Tino Rangatiratanga in Action”

Revisiting “Tino Rangatiratanga in Action”

Māori Theatrical Interpretations of the New Zealand Wars

(p.111) Chapter 3 Revisiting “Tino Rangatiratanga in Action”
Remaking Pacific Pasts

Diana Looser

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter looks at how, since the 1970s, the nineteenth-century New Zealand Wars (a sustained series of conflicts between Maori and British forces) have regained significance in the context of indigenous Maori self-determination movements. It discusses five significant theatrical works produced over a 40-year period examine the understanding and treatment of the Wars as a historical event and ongoing legacy in the context of a changing postcolonial society; and, through these works, to trace key elements of the development of a Maori theatrical tradition committed to the pursuit of tino rangatiratanga (sovereignty, self-determination). In tracing broader social and aesthetic developments from the specific viewpoint of these plays, the structure of this chapter adopts a spiral logic, suggesting different ways in which tino rangatiratanga through theatrical expression has been advanced, challenged, and revised in relation to a confluence of different social forces in Aotearoa over the past generation.

Keywords:   Maori, Aotearoa/New Zealand, theatre, New Zealand Wars, self-determination, Harry Dansey, Paul Maunder, Apirana Taylor, Witi Ihimaera, David Geary

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