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Cafe scientifique: Matariki and Te Maramataka, 30 July, Lower Hutt
Dr Pauline Harris of Victoria University of Wellington will be talking about ‘Matariki and Te Maramataka – How Māori Used the Celestial Objects to Track Time’, celebrating the Māori New Year, a time of remembrance and new beginnings.
Like many ancient civilisations, Māori used the heavenly bodies to track the passage of time. The regular motions of the Sun, moon and stars were used as clocks for agriculture, seasonal fishing, rituals, festivities and other activities. Travel was also based on celestial navigation and “star paths”.
The year and the seasons were signified by the appearance of certain stars and the movement of the Sun during the year, while the monthly calendar (Te Maramataka) is based on the phases of the Moon. Dr Pauline Harris of Victoria University and members from the Society for Māori Astronomy, Research and Traditions (SMART), will present an insight into how Māori and other societies used the celestial objects to track time.
Details: 6-7.30pm Thursday 30 July, Wholly Bagels, 34 Knights Road, Lower Hutt.