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Māori Healing Traditions

April 21, 2017

Stories from the elders of the Taranaki region of New Zealand provide knowledge about well being.

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."  The event will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 12 to 1 pm at the UMN, Research for Indigenous Community Health - RICH Center, 212 W 2nd St, Duluth, Minnesota 55802. For info, call 218-726-6000.

Leonie is a leading kaupapa Māori educator and researcher.

Dr. Leonie Pihama

Dr. Leonie Pihama

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 recognizing 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.

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