SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4), Water Is Taonga: Kaitiaki, Part 1
DirectorsJeff Bear Marianne Jones
ProducersKristy Assu Jeff Bear Marianne Jones
- Release Date 2015
- Running Time 22 minutes
- Closed Captions Yes
- Availability Canada, USA
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This second program of Water Is Taonga illustrates the depth of belief in water as a precious cultural treasure (taonga). As guardians (kaitiaki) of a waterway in Hawks Bay, the McGuire family, members of the Pahutiki Marae, struggle to restore species once abundant in the river. They work to save the eels from extinction and to revive a formerly abundant population of black flounder in the river system. As with many First Nations, the Maori believe they are kaitiaki (guardians) of the environment. Nature is of utmost importance in their stories and legends. To that end, several Iwi's (families) have taken to undertake tremendous amounts of work in restoring river systems.
This fourth and final series of SAMAQAN examines the role of water in culture and spirituality of Indigenous people, their focus on stewardship and the efforts mounted to balance respect for environment with development.
Titles included in SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4):
- Water Is Taonga: Water as Taonga? (22 minutes)
- Water Is Taonga: Kaitiaki, Part 2 (22 minutes)
- Water Is Taonga: Aotearoa (22 minutes)
- The Sustainable Harvest (22 minutes)
- Edible Seaweeds: What the fucus? (22 minutes)
- Herring Roe: Dead or Alive, Part 1 (22 minutes)
- Herring Roe: Dead or Alive, Part 2 (22 minutes)
- The Elwha River: Taking Down the Dams (22 minutes)
- Gulf Shrimp: 4 Years and Counting (22 minutes)
- Mount Polley: Breach or Catastrophe? (22 minutes)
- Mother Frackers: The Uprising, Part 1 (22 minutes)
- Mother Frackers: The Uprising, Part 2 (22 minutes)
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