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My Language, My Inspiration traces the journey between 1972 and 2008 to revitalise the Māori language. The book outlines the determined struggle to bring the Māori language back from the brink. It includes interviews with two dozen people who were active in the fight for the Māori language and photographs of key events and people.
The history explores the reasons for the decline of the language and charts its resurgence over the last four decades through initiatives such as Waitangi Tribunal claims, the petition and march for the Māori language and the development of the Rākau method of learning, and the establishment of institutions such as kōhanga reo, the Māori Broadcasting Authority and Māori Television.
A Māori-language version is also available, Tōku Reo,Tōku Ohooho.
July 1, 2011
152 x 234 mm
ISBN (Soft Cover)
""Chris Winitana has produced an important contribution to our understanding of why the Māori language is in crisis and how this might be remedied....As a book of ideas [this one] excels.""
""Winitana outlines the efforts by numerous Māori groups and individuals that helped save the language from decline, interviews with people active in the fight for the language and presents an array of photos which forms part of the history...this [is] highly readable and an important contribution to the language debate.""
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