Whakapapa: Stories through Time and Space

Paora Tapsell


All my academic writings and publications have grown out of an emotional engagement with my field of study: the Arawa people. By capturing moments in prose – reflexive ethnography on first approach – I create a layer of narrative continuity that is galvanised through encoded memories. This ‘‘whakapapa” is like archaeological stratification: providing genealogically ordered layers of code transmitted through time and space. Decades after writing I can ‘‘relive” my embedded memories and recognise the repeating patterns, codes and algorithms that underpin humanity itself from my uniquely Te Arawa informed perspective of the universe.

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