Māori Memory: the Past from the Paepae

Paepae as controlling site of memory The paepae is the place on the marae where elders stand to deliver their speeches and, as it so happens, to present their memories – or versions of history. The paepae provides context and legitimacy for the histories – and memories – that follow. The paepae, then, can be said to be the controlling site of all Māori knowledge, including knowledge of the past.  … Read more »