A Māori scholar/musician explains mātauranga Māori

A Kiwi sent me this just-posted “Shape of Dialogue” video, which, although quite long for me (2 hours!), has an explanation of mātauranga Māori (MM) by a part-Māori scholar and musician, Charles Royal.  Royal’s webpage shows that he’s not only an expert in “indigenous knowledge”, but also “Advise[s] and Lead[s] Projects and People, particularly to … Continue reading A Māori scholar/musician explains mātauranga Māori

Maori “ways of knowing” to be taught as science in NZ universities

The kerfuffle continues about whether mātauranga Māori, or “Maori ways of knowing”, constitutes an independent form of science that should be taught in school science class as coequal to what we know as “real science”.  As I’ve pointed out before, this coequality is simply ludicrous, for mātauranga Māori is a collection of religious beliefs, superstitions, … Continue reading Maori “ways of knowing” to be taught as science in NZ universities

The “teach Maori other ways of knowing in science class” fracas continues; Richard Dawkins weighs in

As I wrote yesterday, a big woke fracas is brewing in New Zealand, with the universities and government on the side of the woke, and the science professors (by and large) on the side of the angels. Since my piece appeared, I’ve gotten half a dozen emails from academics in New Zealand, objecting to the … Continue reading The “teach Maori other ways of knowing in science class” fracas continues; Richard Dawkins weighs in

Another weak defense of Mātauranga Māori 

Let’s go back for a tick to the fracas in New Zealand over the government’s plan to teach Mātauranga Māori (henceforth MM) or Māori “ways of knowing”, as co-equivalent to modern science in public school science classes. Universities are following the schools’ lead, and touting MM as an almost untouchable but diverse collection of practical knowledge, myth, theology, … Continue reading Another weak defense of Mātauranga Māori 

Once again: did the Maori discover Antarctica?

Nothing better shows the kind of “knowledge” that promoters of New Zealand’s indigenous “ways of knowing” (mātauranga Māori ) want taught in science class than the claim that the Māori—or rather, their ancestral Polynesians—discovered Antarctica in the 7th century A.D. (The Māori could not have done it at that time since their East Polynesian ancestors … Continue reading Once again: did the Maori discover Antarctica?

What are Maori “ways of knowing”, and should they be taught in science class as coequal to modern science?

I’ve been describing the big kerfuffle in New Zealand (well, it’s not a huge kerfuffle as the Kiwi public seems to know little about it) involving whether mātauranga Māori, (henceforth MM), which loosely translates to “Māori ways of knowing,”. should be taught as science alongside modern science in both secondary-school; and college science classes. In … Continue reading What are Maori “ways of knowing”, and should they be taught in science class as coequal to modern science?

Is Mātauranga Māori really a “way of knowing”?

As I’ve written many times, Mātauranga Māori (MM)—considered the “way of knowing” of the indigenous Māori, who arrived in what is now New Zealand from Polynesia in the 13th century—has been the subject of some kerfuffle in NZ. That’s because there’s a movement, promoted not just by the Māori but by many white “allies”, to … Continue reading Is Mātauranga Māori really a “way of knowing”?

Examining one bit of Maori “knowledge”: Did the Maori or other Polynesians discover Antarctica?

UPDATE: Apparently the Guardian fell for this too (click on screenshot): This one’s really bad because the paper fell for the whole story: hook, line, and sinker. Not a word of criticism do they utter, nor is there any attempt to seek out scientist-critics of this unbelievable myth. _____________________ I’m not sure whether the New Zealand … Continue reading Examining one bit of Maori “knowledge”: Did the Maori or other Polynesians discover Antarctica?

A sensible way to reconcile Mātauranga Māori and science

I won’t explain in detail the “way of knowing” of the indigenous Māori people of New Zealand, the “traditional knowledge” of Mātauranga Māori (henceforth MM), as it’s defined in Wikipedia.  You can read all my posts about MM and its issues here (including one post yesterday). Suffice it to say two things. MM is a … Continue reading A sensible way to reconcile Mātauranga Māori and science

New Zealand authorities stand firm in desire to teach Maori “ways of knowing” alongside science in high schools and colleges

From what I hear from my Kiwi friends in academia, some of whom keep publicly quiet about these developments given the political climate, the government and universities in New Zealand are standing firm in their resolve to teach mātauranga Māori, or “Maori ways of knowing” alongside and coequal to modern (i.e., real) science in both … Continue reading New Zealand authorities stand firm in desire to teach Maori “ways of knowing” alongside science in high schools and colleges