Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Maori New Year

We have been using our research skills to learn more about Matariki.
Here is a movie to show you what we found out!
What is Matariki?

Matariki is a group of seven stars, it is also known as Pleiades. Most people know Matariki as the traditional Maori New Year. Matariki has two meanings; Tiny Eyes or Eyes of God.

When and Where can you see Matariki?

Matariki can be seen just before sunrise in late May or early June. This indicates the end of one year and the beginning of a new year. Some people believe that if Matariki is easily seen then it is going to a good new year.

This is only a tiny amount of information we read about Matariki on the internet and in books! Go to your local library to research Matariki more or use a search engine on the internet.

Let us now what you found out – Knowledge is Power!

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