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Ipu Moana

If the 'Enua can Speak – Archaeology of the Pacific

Explore the world of Pacific peoples by delving into archaeology.

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Availability
Terms 3 - 4, available Mon and Tue
Cost
$8 per student for a two-hour session
Availbility
Term 4, Mon, Tue, 2016
Terms 3–4, Mon and Tue, 2017
New Zealand Curriculum
The Arts: levels 1 - 4
Technology: levels 1 - 4

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 programme we explore archaeology and trace the diaspora of humans throughout the Pacific and finally to Aotearoa New Zealand. We examine the Lapita cultural complex and look at some well-known features such as Ha 'amonga 'a Maui in Tonga, the stone tiki of the Marquesas and Te Pokoiwi o Kupe (Wairau Bar) in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This is a collection-based learning experience where students become 'dirt detectives' by sifting through middens and learning how to erect a soil-screening station.