Matauranga Maori Literacies: Indigenous Literacy as Epistemological Freedom v. Eurocentric Imperialism
AbstractThis paper discusses ideas of functional, cultural and critical literacy as inherent within indigenous/Maori ideas of literacy as being multifaceted and (w)holistic. The paper challenges prevailing ideas that functional literacy has long term benefits for Maori and argues that the current narrow focus of literacy pervading New Zealand education, and in particular tertiary/post secondary education is antithetic to the desires of Maori to live as Maori. The views and approach by one indigenous New Zealand institution, a Wananga, to respond to dominant agendas whilst advancing Maori desires and aspirations is highlighted.
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