How Do You Like It So Far uses pop culture to take soundings of a society in transition, exploring intersections with civic imagination and engagement, and social and political change. Henry Jenkins and Colin Maclay are your guides on this adventure.
This week, we are joined by Te Rita Papesch, a legendary figure in the Maori tradition of Kapa Haka, and Sharon Mazer, her friend and an American performance studies researcher. Together, they converse about Kapa Haka as a manifestation of the historic relations between the Maori people and their “Kiwi” colonizers, one which is embedded in the everyday life of the community but also undergoing constant change as performers adjust to the increased global visibility of their performances. Mazer describes the national Kapa Haka gatherings, which attract thousands of attendees and are nationally televised, as “a theatrical event incorporated into an Olympic competition encased in a ritual frame.” Papesch is the consummate insider, the matron of a family of Haka performers, whose influence stretches back to the 1970s, whereas Mazer offers the perspective of an informed outsider who has been observing the performances for more than twenty years. Together, they model bicultural conversation as they teach us how to read Kapa Haka’s place in the cultural politics of New Zealand.
A full transcript of this conversation will be available soon!
Here are some of the references from this episode, for those who want to dig a little deeper:
Co-authored writing by Te Rita Papesch & Sharon Mazer:
Breaking the Stage: From Te Matatini to Footprints/Tapuwae
But can it be Art? Kapa Haka as a contemporary indigenous performance practice
Maori Performance/Cultural Performance: Stages of Powhiri
More about Te Rita Papesch
Waka Huia profile: Part One; Part Two
Performance: Nga Roimata
Ōtairongo (audio portrait of Te Rita by artist Maree Sheehan)
Tainui Waka Kapa Haka Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018
Creating a Modern Māori Identity Through Kapa Haka (2015 PhD Thesis)
Te Rita Papesch: case study of an exemplary learner of Māori as an additional language
Music & Audio clips:
Te Whare Wananga o Waikato (1981)
Kapahaka Roopu Te Haona Kaha
Te Whānau a Apanui whakaeke- Te Matatini – 2015 – Entrance (Game of Thrones)
“In Time” by Dylan Emmett and “Spaceship” by Lesion X.
In Time (Instrumental) by Dylan Emmet https://soundcloud.com/dylanemmet
Spaceship by Lesion X https://soundcloud.com/lesionxbeats
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