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Kia Kaha te Reo Māori: The Cultural Conservation in Māori Language Week

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Kia Kaha te Reo Māori: The Cultural Conservation in Māori Language Week

Ellen Allerton explores the complex cultural politics and public debates surrounding Māori Language Week, part of a larger effort to grapple with New Zealand’s history of colonization. While the promotion of te reo Māori (the Māori language) has generated both expressions of cultural pride and conservative backlash, it also involves troubling examples of what Allerton calls “commodification of the culture through performances and feasts that are meant purely to attract tourists.”

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