Treasuring future generations: Māori and Hawaiian ancestral knowledge and the wellbeing of Indigenous children

Leonie Pihama, Jamee Mahealani Miller, Hineitimoana Greensill, Rihi Te Nana, Donna Campbell, Jenny Lee-Morgan


This article examines ‘ōlelo no‘eau and whakataukī (ancestral proverbial sayings), for messages relating to the positioning of Māori and Hawaiian children and the relationship of that to traditional child-rearing practices.  In doing so, the authors explore whakataukī and ‘ōlelo no‘eau as a means to bring forward knowledge gifted to us by our ancestors that can inform our contemporary experiences as Indigenous Peoples. 

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