Matarākau: Reflections on Māori Healing Traditions in Taranaki (Duluth)
The RICH (Research for Indigenous Community Health) Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Leonie Pihama, from the University of Waikato in New Zealand, will share information about her research, "Matarākau: Reflections on Māori Healing Traditions in Taranaki." Brief reception follows.
Leonie is a leading kaupapa Māori educator and researcher. She has been working in the intersecting fields of education, health, whānau (wellbeing) and Maori immersion education for a number of decades.
This project worked to reclaim the stories of the elders of the Taranaki region in regard to traditional healing practices surrounding traditional healing. ‘Matarākau’ is not about knowledge for knowledge sake. It is about knowledge for the betterment of our experiences as Māori. It is about recognising the depth of knowledge held by our people, ngā puna mātauranga, who are our springs of knowledge and seeing those sources as having the potential to bring real change to the wellbeing of our people.