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Part of The Whānau: The Emergence of Takatāpui Identity - He Whāriki Takatāpui

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dc.contributor.advisor Mercier, Ocean
dc.contributor.advisor Higgins, Rawinia Kerekere, Elizabeth 2017-05-29T03:43:47Z 2017-05-29T03:43:47Z 2017 2017
dc.description.abstract Since the early 1980s, Māori who are whakawāhine, tangata ira tāne, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer have increasingly adopted the identity of ‘takatāpui’ - a traditional Māori term meaning ‘intimate companion of the same sex.’ As the first study on takatāpui identity and well-being, this is fashioned as a Whāriki Takatāpui; a woven mat which lays the foundation for future research and advocacy. Kaupapa Māori research provides the tools for this task while Kaupapa Māori theory ensures the harvest of Māori narratives is underpinned by te reo, tikanga and mātauranga - Māori language, culture and knowledges. The preparation of weaving materials is represented by Mana Wāhine; which considers whakapapa (genealogy), intersectional colonial oppression with an artistic approach to analysing whakataukī (historical metaphor). Mana Motuhake represents the design of the Whāriki; the colours and patterns emanating from the subjective experiences of six leaders who have embraced a takatāpui identity. Te Whare Tapa Whā represents weaving together takatāpui health and well-being in response to the issues and discrimination they face. Oral history interviews were held with takatāpui participants who reflected a diversity of iwi, geographical location, gender identities and sexualities and, at the time of interview, ranged from 17 to 68 years of age. In order to gain insight into the perception of whānau with takatāpui members, semi structured interviews were also held with two kuia (female elders) and 12 whānau members of the takatāpui rangatahi (young people) interviewed. In total 27 participants were interviewed in three stages over four years. Their responses were recorded, transcribed then analysed based on the elements of the Whāriki Takatāpui framework. Despite colonial efforts to remove historical trace, this study reveals new evidence of takatāpui behaviour within traditional Māori narratives. It finds that takatāpui identity is predicated on Māori identity with a spiritual connection to takatāpui tūpuna (ancestors) that is crucial in addressing the discrimination they may face within their whānau and culture. It identifies the range of issues that impact on takatāpui health and well-being while highlighting the creative and strength-based manner in which takatāpui build resilience and connection through identity. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Takatāpui mi_NZ
dc.subject LGBT en_NZ
dc.subject Identity en_NZ
dc.subject Lesbian en_NZ
dc.subject Gay en_NZ
dc.subject Bisexual en_NZ
dc.subject Transgender en_NZ
dc.title Part of The Whānau: The Emergence of Takatāpui Identity - He Whāriki Takatāpui en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Maori Studies : Te Kawa a Māui en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Doctoral Thesis en_NZ Maori Studies en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Doctoral en_NZ Doctor of Philosophy en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160301 Family and Household Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160805 Social Change en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 169904 Studies of Maori Society en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 200207 Māori Cultural Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture en_NZ

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