New Zealand Landscape as Culture: Motu (Islands)
In this course, you will learn about the islands of New Zealand, where humans have lived for a thousand years. The indigenous Māori people of New Zealand tell a powerful origin story about our islands. New Zealanders take pride in being islanders as it is part of their story, national identityand culture.
Remote from other landmasses, you will learn how the islands of New Zealand have a unique geology and form part of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’. Our long history of remotenesshas been expressed by a New Zealand poet as ‘Distance looks our way’. But the idea of distance is a European one - who are we far away from? For the peoples of the Pacific we inhabit one group of islands in the Pacific, 'asea of Islands'.
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Course delivery details
This course is offered through Victoria University of Wellington, a partner institute of EdX.
2-4 hours per week
- Verified Track -$49
- Audit Track - Free
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What you'll learn
- An Indigenous narrative of Aotearoa
- The geology and formation of the islands of New Zealand
- The role of Oceanic voyaging in Pacific cultures
- How islands are represented in New Zealand art, literature and national identity
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