When we think about contemporary experiences we don’t really think they can effect our way of life, we think this because it is so modern to us. This is simply not the case; the contemporary experience of colonisation, urbanisation and deculturation that Maori would have endured has introduced negative statistics. We’re talking about poor health status and underachievement in education. Kaupapa Maori is a value that is inspired by those contemporary experiences, it’s a value that focuses on “sequences of knowledge-creating actions, and practices of knowledge inquiry which give expression to transformative ideals.” P31 This simply means that Kaupapa Maori is a value based on taking action on diminishing the negative statistics. Comparing Kaupapa Maori to Matauranga Maori it understood that Matauranga Maori is described as “a body of continuum knowledge.” It is described as a value that was brung to Aotearoa and that it has the ability to grow. With the experience of Western colonisation alot of knowledge was lost but it also allowed new knowledge to grow. Matauranga Maori “frames knowledge in certain ways” Pg33-34 unlike Kaupapa Maori there isn’t set actions or drive. It is simply a label for the term “body of knowledge.”Pg 33
When first looking at this artwork we can see western ideals blending into Maori culture. Using Mickey mouse which is an iconic symbol of western culture expresses a creative knowledge that is passing into another culture. By the transparent figures that link Mickey mouse to To Tiki Tu Meke represent reverse colonisation. It is a expression of Kaupapa Maori values, taking actions and over coming dominant western values. This art work is a symbol of a journey for making Maori culture to have a voice. Over all this artwork has Matauranga Maori as it is a vesal of knowledge and it allows the viewer to interpret the art how ever like, based off their whakapapa.
New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. Vol 47, No.2, 2012
Frizzell, Richard John. Micky to Tiki Tu, 1997, One off gouache on lithographic proofing sheet, 48 x 73 cm, Contemporary & Modern Art, International Art Centre, Auckland.