The biggest whale, the founder of maori culture, has a special relationship with. I was prepared for the opening scene with a baby and mom dying in childbirth which happens in the opening scene and kept checking my 5 yearolds face it all happened so fast with alot of montage photography that it went over his head. Theres brief strong language regarding female and male genitalia. Maori novelist witi ihimaera the whale rider and australian aboriginal poet ali cobby eckermann ruby moonlight discuss how stories can bring us closer to reconciliation, and what its like to. Think about a task in which you exploit the text in a culturalhistorical way. Although disregarded by her grandfather and shunned by the village people, twelveyearold pai remains certain of her calling and trains herself in the ways and customs of her people. Each group will sum up one paragraph and tell the class what they have understood. Whale rider, the moviewinner of the sundance film festival world cinema audience award, the toronto. Her grandfather koro apirana believes that this is a role reserved for males only. The whale rider by witi ihimaera, 97804351081, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Helping hand awards basket maker bible ii bible royalty caring friend carpenter computer skills environmentalist geologist habitat hygiene my church my picture book outdoor explorer pearly gates prayer warrior rainbow promise reading iv reporter sign language steps to jesus. If youve ever felt discriminated against because of your gender, this is the book for you. A memoir of childhood won the general nonfiction award at the 2016 ockham new zealand book awards.
Eightyearold kahu, a member of the maori tribe of whangara, new zealand, fights to prove her love, her leadership, and her destiny. The whale rider by witi ihimaera penguin books australia. According to legend, the maori came to whangara when their great leader paikea led them by riding on a whale. I absolutely adore everything about it, and really do think theres something everyone can relate to in this story. Whale rider set in the east coast town of whangara, whale rider tells the tale of a young maori girl, pai keisha castlehughes, who challenges tradition and embraces the past in order to find the strength to lead her people forward. It is about the struggles of a maori girl, paikea, to succeed her grandfather as leader of her tribe in spite of tradition dictating that the chief be male. Whale rider is best known as the hit indie movie, winner of the audience award in the 2003 sundance film festival. Create your own storyboard using the template on the next page. Whale rider 2002 only males are allowed to ascend to chiefdom in a maori tribe in new zealand. The first greatgrandchild of the whanau, she was loved by all her relatives except the one whose love she needed mosther greatgrandfather. The recipient of standing ovations and audience awards on the film festival circuit, whale rider met with rapturous critical acclaim, generated glowing wordofmouth buzz, and became the serious filmgoers alternative to the summer blockbusters of 2003. Whale rider mat no 10 storyboarding read the following excerpt from the book the whale rider. Whale rider jigsaw reading in groups, read the following extracts 1 to 6 from whale rider witi ihimaera, 1987. The film won a number of international filmfestival awards, including.
Lysley tenorio, 2017 oregon book awards ceremony host. Te kaieke tohora is a 2002 film based on the book the whale rider by witi ihimaera. His novel, the whale rider, has become an internationally successful feature film. The book behind the awardwinning film recounts the story of a young maori girl who breaks with tradition by becoming the first female leader.
Based on the novel of the same name by witi ihimaera, the film stars keisha castlehughes as kahu paikea apirana, a twelveyearold maori girl whose ambition is to become the chief of the tribe. A resident of a maori settlement on new zealands east coast, keisha castlehughes has spent her first decade surviving the quiet desperation that comes from the. Her people claim descent from kahutia te rangi, the legendary whale rider. National book awards 2017 national book foundation.
The distraught father porourangi, cliff curtis, takes off for foreign parts. The whale rider is a 1987 novel by new zealander witi ihimaera. In the book, our narrator from the beginning is a different rawiri. How characterisation builds up the story in the whale rider saturday october 28 2017 lucy kamau takes a look at koro apirana, kahu and nani flowers in witi ihamaeras book. But it grows in majesty, mystery and poetry as it progresses to its haunting, magical climax. Use this lesson plan to increase student comprehension for the whale rider by witi ihimaera. Somehow she manages to wax it into returning into the deep ocean an miraculously creates a fleshy stirrups on its head just like those of a rider on an actual horse. Oct 28, 2017 how characterisation builds up the story in the whale rider saturday october 28 2017 lucy kamau takes a look at koro apirana, kahu and nani flowers in witi ihamaeras book. The idea of the whale rider is a maori myth but myths and legends are a huge part of any culture, and maoris are very proud of theirs. Whale rider is set in the maori community of new zealand. Then, use the book excerpt and translate it into single frames. The death of a mother and baby in childbirth is very sad.
His stories whale rider and white lies have been adapted for film. The whale rider starts a thousand years ago, with a pod of whales. In a small new zealand coastal village, maori claim descent from paikea, the whale rider. Buy this book first published in 1987 in new zealandthe authors homeland as well as. His novel the whale rider was adapted into a feature film. The digital copy has expired as of august 23, 2018 and is no longer available for download. In 2017 ihimaera was the recipient of the prime ministers award for literary achievement. Described by metro magazine as part oracle, part memoralist, and an inspired voice, weaving many stories together, ihimaera has also written for stage and screen, edited books on the arts and culture, as well.
The whale rider author, witi ihimaera, on his writing. But now there is no male heir, and the aging chief is desperate to find a successor. Oscars best picture winners best picture winners golden globes emmys san diego comiccon new york comiccon sundance film festival toronto intl film festival awards central festival central all events. Ancestor of the people of te tai rawhiti, he travelled from hawaiki, the place of the ancients, to the east coast of new zealand. The elephant and the bird feeder, leona illig, 1st ride enterprises. The classic book that inspired the awardwinning, internationally released film whale rider, winner of best film at the 2003 sundance film festival and 2004 academy awards best actress nomination for keisha castlehughes. In every generation since the whale rider, a male has inherited the title of chief. How characterisation builds up the story in the whale rider. Kahus dad plays a secondary role in the book, while in the film he is an important character. The whale rider quotes showing 18 of 8 he loved them deeply, but sometimes love becomes a power game between the ambitions that parents have for their children and the ambitions that children have for themselves.
It is important that you should make your students aware that english is spoken in. Adventist adventurer awardswhales wikibooks, open books. In such movies as whale rider, about a 12yearold maori girl who dreams of becoming her tribes first female chief, and north country, based on the. Can someone compare the whale rider book and movie to me i. Whale rider is a 2002 new zealandgerman family drama film written and directed by niki caro. The film starts with the death of a young mother during the birth of twins. Nov 27, 2008 eightyearold kahu craves her greatgrandfathers love and attention. Adapted from maori writer witi ihimaeras 1986 novel, whale rider is a worthy kid flick, a sort of bend it like beckham for girls whod rather swim with whales than run around a field. Masha gessen accepts the 2017 national book award for nonfiction full speech. The whale rider below are selections from witi ihimaeras novel the whale rider and some background to novel plot summary, country, library resources, film version. The biggest whale, the founder of maori culture, has a special relationship with the whale rider, a young man who sits upon its back. But kahu trying to prove to her koro that she can be a leader even if she is a female is a strong representation of what this book is about. As expected, whale rider won nearly all the relevant categories at the new zealand film awards tonight dec 8 in auckland, including best film for producers tim sanders and john barnett, best.
Directed and written by niki caro, the film is based on witi ihimaeras novel the whale rider. Jan 01, 1987 the idea of the whale rider is a maori myth but myths and legends are a huge part of any culture, and maoris are very proud of theirs. But the basis for that film was witi ihimaeras magical, loreladen novel whale rider, a bittersweet story about a maori girl and her mysterious destiny. Coupling a specific sense of place and culture with a.
Ihimaera has written screenplays, poetry, short stories and novels. Whale rider tells the tale of kahu and her familys struggle to bring balance back to their maori tribe. Reviewed in the united kingdom on january 30, 2017. Bluray of whale rider on their shout select imprint on 22 august 2017. Students will read an informational text to summarize the book s plot and analyze key events before. A bridge with three spans, zia uddin ahmed, iuniverse a camouflage of. But he is focused on his duties as chief ofa maori tribe in whangara, on the east coast of new zealand a tribe that claims descent from the legendary whale rider. He has received numerous awards, including the wattie book of the year award, the montana book award, the inaugural star of oceania award, university of hawaii, a laureate award from the new zealand arts foundation 2009, the toi maori maui tiketike award 2011, and the premio ostana international award, presented to him in italy 2010. Parents need to know that whale rider has some tense family confrontations. In every generation since kahutia, a male heir has inherited the title of chief. The whale rider by witi ihimaera penguin books new zealand. Similarly, the book is rather ordinary near the beginning, and the writing is too simple. Written in 1987, the whale rider is a deceptively short book. Adrian miller, a food writer, attorney, and 2018 colorado book award finalist.
Myth shares a slow, solemn handshake with modernity in the new zealandmade whale rider, a film of ancient legends, contemporary mores, and the little girl who might be able to mend the rift between the two. Supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. Most recently, ihimaera was honoured for his fiction with the 2017 prime ministers award for literary achievement. I checked out the common sense media notes before i took my 9 year old and 5 year old to the movie. Eightyearold kahu craves her greatgrandfathers love and attention. Based on the novel by witi ihimaera and inspired by an ancient maori tribal legend, this. Joe wilkins when we were birds finalist, 2017 oregon book awards. He has received numerous awards, including the wattie book of the year award, the montana book award, the inaugural star of oceania award, university of hawaii, a laureate award from the new zealand arts foundation 2009, the toi maori maui tiketike award. Whale rider is a mystical, gentle movie that goes beyond the boundaries of the usual comingofage film.
The reference of the whale rider is replicated later in the novel when the girl kahu swims towards the ancient bull whale that lies on the sandy beach dying. Before you start, have a look at the sample frame below. Based on the novel of the same name by witi ihimaera, the film stars keisha. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of whale rider by witi ihimaera. The classic book that inspired the award winning, internationally released film whale rider, winner of best film at the 2003 sundance film festival and 2004 academy awards best actress nomination for keisha castlehughes. His bestknown novel is the whale rider, which was made. Witi ihimaera was the first maori to publish both a book of short stories and a novel, and has published many notable novels and collections of short stories.
With keisha castlehughes, rawiri paratene, vicky haughton, cliff curtis. The chiefs eldest son, porourangi, fathers twins a boy and a girl. The whale rider by witi ihimaera, jay lagaaia, audiobook. Whale rider by niki caro keisha castlehughes, rawiri. Literary arts oregon book awards program honors the states finest accomplishments by oregon. With remarkable grace, pai finds the strength to challenge her. Among the best parts of the book are the almost mythological sections devoted to an ancient whale who carried the whale rider long ago. In every generation for over 1,000 years, a male heir born to the chief succeeds to the title. A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize. Whale rider author witi ihimaera received french honours. Jesmyn ward accepts the 2017 national book award for fiction full speech.52 404 1362 488 835 497 3 1103 906 572 994 42 228 516 1110 130 1444 340 690 959 982 558 1356 228 1242 763 1343 1370 1133 1385 1125 1337 686 228 543