Speculate about the content of the film Whale Rider. Whale RideR - TeacheR sheeT .. sources/AdditionalsupportinconjunctionwithEdges2/phunctibalmyimie.cf In a small New Zealand coastal village, Maori claim descent from Paikea, the Whale Rider. In every generation for more than one thousand years, a male heir . The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera. Introduction. New Windmill titles are supported with Student and Teaching resource sheets to engage students with the novel.
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Discovering Maori Culture through Journeys in Film: Whale Rider. Polynesia. Reprinted with permission from phunctibalmyimie.cf Handout 1. Lesson 1 SOCIAL. Below are selections from Witi Ihimaera's novel The Whale Rider and some background to novel (plot summary, country, library resources, film version). Read "The Whale Rider" by Witi Ihimaera available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. Eight-year-old Kahu craves her.
Rawiri decides to take her to the movies and sneaks her in under his leatherjacket. For most of the movie everything proceeded quite well according to Rawiri; however, the final scene was that of a wounded whale bleeding to death.
The sounds of the death throes had apparently been recorded from real whales and this had an electrifying effect on Kahu. She could only weep and weep and nothing could cheer her up.
Later that night a second strange event occurs; on their way back home, Rawiri and his friends spot orca whales sliding close to shore. Kahu calls out to them, making copying the sounds of the whales she had heard earlier in the movies in a tone of warning. Then the orcas dive away. This time, Koro warms a little bit towards her, but only by a small, barely discernable margin. Rawiri though grows closer and closer to his little niece, bringing her to work with him and making sure she does not become too bored staying at home with Nanny Flowers.
Whenever he would see her though, he would yell at her to go away. Thus she did not get to see when Koro took the boys out to sea to explain to them the sacred nature of their fishing grounds.
These grounds, he said, were all known and marked by their ancestors. They try not to enter the grounds of other people and they seek protection for their own grounds from the whales and other sea creatures. As Koro explains this he becomes more and more sad, pointing out that man has become so tempted by commercial gain that he overfishes and maybe even hunt whales.
Now, Koro says, their sea has become empty. That evening, Koro assembles the boys again to recount to them a tale of huge import. He tells them of a time when he was young boy and when whaling was a huge pastime of the people of Whangara. His own uncle would go whaling and one time brought him along. He narrates the tale of that hunt: the beauty of the whales, their prestige, their power and then the harpooning and the struggle and the death and then the skinning and carving of the whale.
Kahu, hearing this dark tale after sneaking near to the room, cries out in terror and sadness. The next day though, Rawiri finds Kahu outside, standing calmly near the shore while three silver shapes leapt by her in the sea. For them, lineage is a living link to the past, it is how tradition and culture is passed on—most importantly it is how chieftaincy and leadership is passed on.
He is caught between the cultural ideal of male leadership and the practical reality of only having female descendants; thus there are two elements of the culture seemingly coming to a conflict, and this is what weighs so heavily on Koro and what eventually forces him to make a choice and develop and mature.
This importance of lineage is exemplified elsewhere as well. Thus through the emphasis placed on genealogy, the reader learns more about the general thought process of this people, and the conflicts which weigh on them because they see lineage as a living connection to their past. He becomes more than just a stubborn mean old great-grandfather.
Instead the reader can start to see a man weighed down by worries in an almost tragic way. Although he is not unambiguously heroic, through the deeper characterization he does begin to show some characteristics of the literary archetype of the tragic hero.
He is the leader of his people; he is weighed down by huge worries and responsibilities. He is doing all he can to solve those and to preserve what he has learned from his own teachers by teaching and striving.
And most importantly--in terms of this literary archetype--he has a fatal flaw, which is his unwillingness to break the rules of his tradition at all, even in order to preserve that tradition. Yet he is unable to accept any of that because he cannot break the rule of patriarchal leadership—even though breaking that single rule would likely lead to a better outcome for his people. The author slowly builds up the different signs of her greatness and the plot begins to gather pace as step-by-step Kahu comes closer to her fate.
This, then, is the part of the story that is the rising conflict. So when she cries in the movies after watching the whale dies, we began to think that something is up, a sense only multiplied later that evening when we see Kahu mimicking the sound of whales and the distant whales at sea seemingly responding. Something, the author is subtly suggesting, is supernatural about this girl. I even own the soundtrack of the film by Lisa Gerrard, which I listen now and then.
After 15 years since the movie came out, I decided to read the book. I had had my doubts beforehand because some reviewers claimed that this was one of those cases where the film was better than the book, but I can honestly say that the book is worth reading.
The film is visually and musically spellbinding, but the book provides the necessary background to fully appreciate the myth and legend behind it.
Rawiri, the uncle, is the narrator of the story, to the point that the book seems to be about both Kahu Paikea in the film and Rawiri himself. Kahu's dad plays a secondary role in the book, while in the film he is an important character. There is even a chapter about Rawiri in Australia and Papua New Guinea, which was very intesting, but made me wonder why the book had taken that direction and why the story of Kahu had taken a sudden break.
I would say the book is split in three parts. The slow beginning, where we read about Kahu's birth and her grandfather's reluctance to see "the signs". Finally, the passionate last chapters, where Kahu shows why she is "the one". This is my second book by Witi Ihimaera, and it will not be my last one. Many people have seen the beautiful movie Whale Rider, but like most of them, I hadn't had a chance to read Witi Ihimaera's stunning book. I've loved Ihimaera's writing for decades now, and the smooth, lyrical story telling of his young adult novel is more proof of his mastery.
Starting with the ancestor tale of an East Coast iwi, then moving forward to modern day members of the same group which is disintegrating in post-colonial New Zealand, the novel takes the voice of the Uncle, not Pai, and this unexpected perspective gives the author a lot of room to explore and evoke.
I recommend this book highly to anyone wanting to read a moving novel, or to learn about Maori culture, but also to anyone interested in post-colonial indigenous writing. The underlying themes are universal and both distressing and uplifting. The book is also a lengthy exploration of changing gender roles, and questioning the roles of women in an indigenous culture is really important but often difficult. Ihimaera doesn't shy away from big questions, and it is a gift to all of us.
On top of all of that, it's just a really beautiful novel, and one I'll reread often. Kindle Edition Verified download. This is a beautifully written tale of a young girl destined to save her Maori community from disintegration; told from the point of view of her cousin who gradually comes to understand how special she really is, it is both a cautionary tale of gender bias in traditional communities and a story about the conflict between tradition and modernity.
Teens will enjoy it, although it will often send them to the dictionary and to the book's helpful glossary. This is that rare book which can be enjoyed by adults and young people as well--but is especially wonderful as a gift for a girl since girl heroes are so rare.
It is the sort of story which can also be read TO children. A must for anyone who loved Niki Caro's movie, but also for readers who like to learn about aboriginal communities. While "The Whale Rider" is fiction, it is suffused with Maori legend and lore. Strong female characters also include Paikea's grandmother.
At the end, the writer thoughtfully includes the Maori legend in its original form.
The Whale Rider is definitely in my top ten list of all-time favorite books. I felt like I could relate to the narrator, Rawiri, as he travels throughout the world to find himself.
I love his relationship with Kahu, and how he and Nanny Flowers try so hard to fill the gap her negligent grandfather has left in her life. Verified download. This is an interesting novel that is suitable for both children and adults.
I enjoyed reading it very much. It portrays Maori culture accurately. That is a strength and a bit of a weakness; if one is not attuned to that culture, one can be a little lost.
The book is like much in contemporary life in that it depicts a girl who succeeds against odds. I recommend it to anyone.
One person found this helpful. I am a Special Education teacher. This book is a tall reach for my student's reading abilities, but so full of wonderful ideas, that it was worth the work.
We watched the movie first, to build background knowledge, then read the book. It works best when I have the movie and the book and can build background knowledge.
We read the book out loud in class, so chance of students not reading the book! And having a female protagonist is nice for a change. See all reviews. What other items do customers download after viewing this item? Mansfield Selections Kindle Edition. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Turing's Delirium: Loyal To A Degree Book 2.
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