Thursday, 31 March 2016

Learning About the Maori Culture ...

Maori Protocol When Flax Weaving

This morning the Room 13 and 14 ALL students worked together to create Harakeke Puti Puti or Flax Flowers. 

WALHT make a flax flower
I can:
  • Say the Maori word for flax
  • Say the Maori word for flower
  • Use my hands to bend the flax to make a flower

To begin our lesson, we looked up online what the Maori Protocol was for flax weaving and together we pulled out the main rules or ideas. Below we compiled a list of what we should be mindful of when making our Harakeke Puti Puti
  • You should say a prayer of thanks before harvesting the flax 
  • Cut the flax on an downward angle
  • Never cut off the centre shoot of the flax
  • You should never walk over or step on the flax
  • You should not weave where you eat (keep food and drink away)
  • Your first weaving project is given away
  • You must wash your hands after weaving
  • You should never burn the scraps or leftover flax, it is returned to the ground
Here are some Room 13 photos

This is our writing we have done today about our learning experience:

Never cut the flax when it is night time or when it is raining. Always wash your hands after working with the flax. By Darius

In class we learned how to build a flax flower. It was very tricky for me because it was my first time making a flax flower. By Caden

Men are officially suppose to cut the hurikeke. We should never walk over the flax or step on it while working. By Xavier

When eating you can not make hurikeke flowers. Traditionally men cut the flax in the day time.
By Aleesha

When you make the flower you can not eat in the same spot. We also need to wash our hands after working with the flax. By Maryam

Never eat the flax. We wash our hands after working with it. It was very hard for me to fold the flower. By Michael

Here are some Room 14 photos

1 comment:

  1. Wow, it looks like everyone had fun. I loved your flax weaving Aleesha. - Dad