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Intangible Cultural Heritage Knowledge and Practices Concerning
Nature and the Universe
The Creation of the Earthly and the Ethereal
Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe include cultural traditions developed in a connection with the natural world. That connection is the source of customs, values and beliefs of many cultures.
This domain includes numerous areas such as ecological wisdom, traditional rituals and beliefs.
Through the pa harakeke we connect with Papatuanuku can learn about our own cultural heritage and from our creation story we derive whakapapa, tikanga and values. We learn about whanau structure in the connections of the pa harakeke and inform our roles in a societal context. We also learn of our obligations to create and maintain sustainable ecological systems and to protect our natural environment.
Whānau – Family
“We see harakeke, the flax bush, as being very much like a family, the rito, or shoots of the harakeke are the mokopuna, the babies who must be cared for in order to keep whānau, hapū and iwi strong.
As Te Arawa Whānau Ora Providers the idea of Te Pā Harakeke (several flax
http://tearawawhanauora.org.nz/about-the-collective/he-pa-harakeke/bushes linked together at the roots) gives us a useful and tika way to understand how whānau are linked. Connected to each other, from the very youngest to our very oldest.
Te Pā Harakeke values mokopuna (the young, our children) and they are embraced within whānau, hapū and iwi and reminding us that we must
http://tearawawhanauora.org.nz/about-the-collective/he-pa-harakeke/care for our babies so that they grow, strong, resilient and unified.”
Te Pā Harakeke Whānau Centred Service Approach
Traditional knowledge and practices lie at the heart of a community's culture and well being.