THE MAORI CULTURE
Topic: Maori Culture
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the Maori culture, and explain how it is rapidly becoming forgotten. Central Idea: In Maori society, the diverse history, stalemate wars, along with the fierceness of the Haka create the distinctive traditions of the fading Maori culture. Introduction:
As a descendant of the Maori, I have been avidly surrounded by it’s culture and traditions, of which is the Haka. The Haka is commonly known as a war dance created during the Maori Wars, or rather the New Zealand Land Wars. It was designed to intimidate Maori enemies at the onset of battle and doubling as an embodiment of stimulation and preparedness of the warriors. Today the Haka is a popular and frequently-practiced ritual that is passed down from generation to generation to ensure the Maori language, culture and traditions are preserved. In correlation, today I will be talking about how in Maori society, the diverse history, stalemate wars, along with the fierceness of the Haka create the distinctive traditions of the fading Maori culture. Body:
(Transition: First off, I will expand on the origins and history of the Maori people.) The Maori people are recorded to have settled in Aotearoa, universally known as New Zealand, from the time era within 800 A.D and 1300 A.D, according to Pamela E. Mack in her 2010 article, New Zealand The origins of the Maori are generally speculated.
Legend says that the Maori came from the mother land of Hawaiki; which is said to have been near Hawai’i and now is below sea level. Other’s believe that the Maori are from China and traveled throughout Polynesia and eventually landing on the shores of Aotearoa. Arrival of the Pakeha (meaning “white men” being the British) began in 1642, where the initial encounter was hostile, however, in 1769; friendly relations were established by British explorer James Cook. With the arrival of the Pakeha, also came disease that the...
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