Ngā kēmu Māori - A collection of traditional Māori games.
Tī rākau (also known as Tīti tōrea, tītouretua, tītītouretua and touretua)-māori stick game (kēmu)
Players (in pairs) can sit facing each other. The aim of the kēmu is to complete sets of actions/movements while keeping in time to the rhythm and beat of a waiata (song).
E papa waiari is the infamous waiata associated with using tītī tōrea - see youtube clip here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U6UhcOR30o
Poi: a light ball on a string of varying length which is swung or twirled rhythmically to sung accompaniment. Traditionally the ball was made of raupō (bullrish) leaves.
E rere taku poi (Fly my poi) is a popular waiata sung while swinging poi- see clips here
E rere tāku poi words http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svyHrb7nNI8
E rere tāku poi actions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5XoYtkySNA
Porotiti : spinning, humming disc -a disc with two holes through which a string is threaded and used to make the disc spin. A māori musical instrument traditionally used in healing.
Click here for an info sheet about porotiti, including how to make your own porotiti > Porotiti info sheet
Click here for an info sheet from the Christchurch City Libraries about porotiti > https://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Bibliofile/2016/Matariki/Porotiti.pdf
Mū Tōrere: "Mū tōrere is a two-player board game. Each player has four counters. The game has a simple premise but expert players are able to see up to 40 moves ahead. Like many other Māori board games, it is played on a papa tākoro (game board) and is tightly interwoven with stories and histories." Brown, Harko (2008). Ngā Taonga Tākoro: Māori sports and games. New Zealand: Penguin Group
How to play Mū Tōrere :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7p7fINQdhw
Whai (string games): In whai (also called māui, huhu and hūhi) each player creates patterns using a loop of flax string held between their hands, accompanied by particular chants. Players compete to create the most complex patterns in the most elegant way (https://teara.govt.nz/en/traditional-maori-games-nga-takaro/page-5
> Click here for the Ready to Read (green) text 'Whai (String Games) https://instructionalseries.tki.org.nz/Instructional-Series/Ready-to-Read-Colour-Wheel/Whai-String-Games
> Māori string games: A digital story on Digital NZ https://digitalnz.org/stories/5d203d1afb002c5c9e12648b
Max Dimension: 450mm x 25mm (sticks)
Subject Area: Social Science, Māori
Specific Themes: Toys, Entertainment, Music, Skills, Matariki
Handling Collection Number: HC216