Monday, September 17, 2018

Maori Language, Once Shunned, Is Having a Renaissance in New Zealand

h/t to Uncle Jim, whose eagle eye keeps us updated on all things NZ. More here, at NYT.

Maori is having a revival across New Zealand. Indigenous people are increasingly embracing their language, rejecting generations of stigma and shame associated with its use. And white New Zealanders are looking to Maori language and culture to help them make sense of their own cultural identity.

“This is the new New Zealand,” said Ella Henry, a Maori studies lecturer at Auckland University of Technology. “It’s not a blip in the cultural landscape. This is what New Zealand is becoming: a truly integrated place.”