Being Maori, Being Takatāpui

Presentation Type: Oral
Conference Stream: Intersections
Presenter: Leonie Pihama
Presentation Title: Being Maori, Being Takatāpui
Room: Swan
Program schedule: Friday 14 August 2015 at 11:00
Duration: 30 mins


This presentation will explore the relationships between being Māori and being takatāpui within contemporary Māori society. It will explore historical and traditional understandings which may be drawn upon for Indigenous understandings of sexuality and provide analysis of the impact of colonial gender and race assumptions that have re-framed and re-defined Māori sexuality. Such ideologies have had a significant impact upon the wellbeing of Māori people and have disrupted fundamental Indigenous understandings, reo (language), tikanga (practices and protocols) and mātauranga (knowledges) about gender and sexuality beliefs and roles within Māori society. This has major implications for health and wellbeing. The presentation will also provide an overview of a current research project development, ‘Honour Project Aotearoa’ will investigate understandings of health and wellbeing in relation to the Takatāpui community. This research project will build on the ‘Honor Project’, a ground-breaking study undertaken by Dr. Karina Walters of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington, which explored wellbeing within the Native American Two-Spirit community. ‘Honour Project Aotearoa’ will be the first project to investigate understandings of wellbeing within the Takatāpui community. It will explore the health needs of Takatāpui, and provide insights into processes by which health service delivery can better serve the needs of this particular community.

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