A workshop beginning tomorrow on Te Tangi o te Reo Pe‘e (the call of our traditional chants) is the focus of the Epetoma o te Reo Maori (Maori language week).
A member of Te Kopapa Reo Maori committee Vae Unuka said the topic was selected to capture the interest of the general public who are welcome to attend.
“We want people to know more about the different types of pe’e from islands of the Pa Enua.
“This is a good opportunity for people to come and learn.
“And we hope that people will take this rare opportunity to learn about this very rich part our culture,” said Papatua.
There are chants specific to each island or tribes and there are others which are more frequently heard in the public arena.
Tomorrow’s workshop presenters will cover the karakia (incantation, poem or prayer to the gods of our ancestors), purua (poems), tateni (war chants) and tako (chants) that are crafted specifically for our Ariki on Rarotonga.
On Thursday, the workshop will concentrate on the Southern group islands pe‘e that include the mire, nakunaku, eva, tau amu and patukurunga.
The pe‘e of the tila, mako, fakaiti, fakatara from the Northern group islands will be discussed on Friday 10.
Context will be delivered around the use of these pe‘e for occasions such as ceremonial events, funerals, festivities and other customary activities.
The public are invited to attend this valuable informative three day seminar at the Sinai Hall from 9am to 12 noon.