Indigenous Mapping Network: Hauiti Hakopa, Maori Geographer WED24FEB 6-8 UC Berkeley

6-8p WED24FEB 103 Mulford Hall, UC Berkeley
Sponsored by Indigenous Mapping Network at Berkeley Student Chapter

Title: "Na to rourou, na taku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi"

Means: "your basket of knowledge & my basket of knowledge - combined our tribe will thrive & survive!"

asked about the title: "we have baskets made out of flax, we call them
'kete' and kete often refers to "sacred baskets of knowledge" given to
our ancestors from the gods when the world created)

Subject words:  Geographic information systems • Maori • land tenure • land titles • information storage and retrieval systems

will share his experiences about how "we think of land, how we feel
about land and how we relate/connect to land - then i must express
those thoughts in the language of my forefathers - for therein lies the
mana of the whenua (prestige of the land)"

"Many have said this,
but one elder with i spoke with about a week ago expressed his concerns
this way - "if you cannot speak your own language then you cannot
understand fully the land, for the land is clothed in the language of
your forefathers"

"He also said: Mena ka tu koe ki te korero, me whakatutu koe i te puehu. Mena kaore, me noho!"

"If you stand to speak, then you must stir the dust. If you don't, then sit"

poster above features a rock carving to the right of Hauiti, of
Hauiti's ancestor, Ngatoroirangi,  who claimed the region of Taupo for
his people.

Hauiti arrived Monday to Sunnyvale from New Zealand for the Indigenous Mapping Network/Google Tribal Geo Tech Workshop
which starts Thursday. He will share what brings him to this training
as well as what he has been doing as a graduate student in geography in
his community.

FYI, Hauiti Hakopa was our keynote speaker for
IMN2009. It was the first time he'd visited the U.S. He and his elders
became aware of Indigenous Mapping Network and the IMN2009 conference
through twitter.

Should you be in the bay area and meander to Berkeley on Wednesday evening, swing by!

Hauiti Hakopa, Maori Geographer