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Session notes for Pepeha Stages: 7 to 12 months

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Pepeha is a way of introducing oneself. It will usually follow a set format and identifies who we are, where we’re from and where we belong. Pepeha is used in a Māori context and has a formal basis, but the idea of making ourselves known to others is universal. When people meet they tell each other who they are and where they’re from. They might share where they were born, who their parents and whānau are, where those whānau came from and so on. It helps us to make links with one another.

Discovering who we are and where we’re from is an important part of building our sense of belonging. It can be very significant for those who, for whatever reason, have been distanced from their whānau or tūranga waewae.

On page 7 we’ve got an example of a simple pepeha. This topic may need to be broached with sensitivity, especially with whānau who don’t feel connected or have been removed from their roots.

It may take many months of searching and seeking to be able to fill in the gaps of their pepeha but is part of the process and part of the learning. The important thing is to be able to help link the whānau with their iwi and their kin.

Use page 7 to get a conversation going with the whānau. The conversation will be linked to that about whānau, whakapapa and whenua.

Do you know your pepeha?

Are you able to fill in any of the lines on this example for yourself?

Would you be interested in finding out more?

What about your pēpi? They will have links to two sets of ancestors.

Is there someone in your whānau who would be able to help you?

Would you like to make a chart for pēpi?

Ko…………………tōku maunga ………………....is my mountain

Ko ………………….tōku awa ………………………….is my river

Ko ………………….tōku waka ………………….……..is my canoe

Ko ………………….tōku iwi ………………….……….is my tribe

Ko …………………tōku hapū …………………….…my subtribe

Ko ……............tōku marae ….......…..is my  gathering place


How does this topic relate to the SKIP resources?

Baby Wall Frieze – Kōrero mai mō tō tātou whānau - Teach me about my family 

Six things children need -Te ārahi me te māramatanga - Guidance and understanding

 

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