By: Sonny Alesana, Te Pou Taki/Cultural Advisor
Renewing and elevating mana and mauri to reveal pūmanawa
Mātauranga Māori and Pūmanawa – to explore Māori knowledge in the context of pūmanawa; the process of wananga; critical concepts and yet to be realised potential. Examples of traits identified in pūmanawa are:
Natural talent – outstanding athalete, kapa haka exponent
Intuative qualities – empathetic
Inherited traits – reserved and cautious could sometimes be seen as whakama or shy
Distinctive Energy – continually moving
Māori perspective is that all children are “gifted and talented” and that the community’s role is to nourish, promote the revelation of pūmanawa. The revelation of pūmanawa can appear more readily when mana and mauri are each uplifted and protected. Therefore; mana is the physical viatility and is best expressed in treating a person with dignity and respect. Mauri can be the physical vitality in all things including humans, animals, trees and these are all demonstrated through pūmanawa.
The ability to identify pūmanawa in whānau and to draw these out in a way that supports their health and wellbeing is a skill. Pūmanawa can be demonstrated via pūrakau or story telling.
Te Piki Oranga acknowledges Ahorangi Meihana Durie for sharing his vast knowledge of mātauranga Māori in a way that was inclusive.