Apr 15, 2021

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Oral Histories become an invaluable resource

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(Waatea News) Oral historian Paul Diamond says those collecting the stories of the dwindling numbers of fluent native speakers are providing an invaluable resource for the future.

Indigenous voices is one of the themes of next months National Oral History Association in Rotorua.

Mr Diamond says the historians will hear about some exciting projects in the Bay of Plenty, such as the Anglican Churchs effort to record native speakers.

He says the aim is to turn around the decline in the reo, so it does not become like Latin, which is only used as a ceremonial language.

The hui will also discuss Rangimarie Mahuika effort to strengthen Ngati Rangiwewehis tribal identity through collecting interviews, and there will be a tribute to the late Rotorua Historian, Don Stafford.

NOHANZ CONFERENCE 2011 – Oral History in the 21st Century: Voices of Identity in a Globalised World

  • 2 – 3 April 2011
  • Rotorua, New Zealand

Themes include indigenous voices, identity and change, innovation and New Zealand/Australian connections.

Keynote speaker : Lorina Barker, from the University of New England in New South Wales. A respected and innovative researcher of Aboriginal history, she will talk about the language of research and ways of incorporating indigenous voices in research, including the use of poetry and visual media.

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