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Ipu Moana: Pacific music and dance

Terms 1 and 2, 2018

In this programme students trace the dispersal of musical instruments and dance throughout the Pacific and finally to Aotearoa New Zealand.

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Years 1–8, maximum 30 students
$8 per student for a two-hour programme
Terms 1 and 2, 2018
Pacific Lifeways gallery
New Zealand Curriculum
The arts: levels 1 - 4
Social sciences: levels 1 - 4
Related galleries
Pacific Lifeways, Masterpieces

Ipu Moana means 'ocean calabash'. This term embodies aspects of the vibrant and unique cultural traditions of peoples throughout the Pacific Ocean region.

In this session we explore materials, construction techniques, performance and meanings behind some of the instruments and dance repertoire throughout the Pacific.

In this programme students will:

  • engage in a collection-based learning experience, through the playing musical instruments, participate in dance
  • handle objects and learn stories associated with vibrant Pacific music and dance
  • get creative with traditional dance costumes from the Pacific.