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Maori Language, Once Shunned, Is Having a Renaissance in New Zealand
by Charlotte Graham-McLay
The New York Times Translate This Article
16 September 2018
On 16 September 2018 The New York Times reported:
Maori is having a revival across New Zealand. Indigenous people are increasingly embracing their language, rejecting generations of stigma and shame associated with its use. And white New Zealanders are looking to Maori language and culture to help them make sense of their own cultural identity. As of 2013, just 3.7 percent of New Zealanders spoke the language fluently, and many predicted that it would soon die out. But analysts say Maori's status is shifting, and a basic knowledge of the language has come to signify cultural cool in a country that continues to wrestle with its colonial and indigenous roots.
Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of culture, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.
. . . Maori revitalization is also part of a broader renaissance for indigenous cultures globally, which in some countries includes support for indigenous news media and a revival of traditional religions.
. . . last September, a Maori-language version of the Disney film 'Moana' screened for one day around New Zealand to sellout crowds.
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