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Ipu Moana

Ipu Moana: Pacific music and dance

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.

$8 per student for a two-hour session
Terms 1–4, Mon and Tue, 2017
New Zealand Curriculum
The Arts: levels 1 - 4
Social Sciences: 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 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.