This week we have been writing a pūrākau about Tāne and the 3 baskets of knowledge. In Freya’s example, she has followed a story structure and included the success criteria items of a simile, onomatopoeia, speech marks and te reo Māori language. Ka pai Freya.
Tāne and the 3 Kete
Io, the guardian of the heavens, sent Tāne to climb up into the heavens and fetch the 3 baskets of mātauranga (knowledge). Whiro, Tāne’s brother, grew aware of his brother’s opportunities. Whiro was jealous, his face burned like a flaming fire. He thought he was better than everyone. He thought he was clever and took a different route to his brother. He underestimated his brother’s matauranga. Whiro was as sly and cunning as a fox. As Tāne passed Whiro, Whiro released his rage and cast ngārara ( insects ) on his brother. Slurp! Sting! Buzz! Tāne was swarmed with pepeke ( bugs ); he cried out for the wind of Tawhirimatea to come and save him. Tawhirimatea heard his cries and sent his wind to help Tāne on his haerenga (journey). Tāne was relieved when he reached the house of Io before his brother. Tāne received the 3 baskets and the 2 stones. “Ka pai”, boomed Io. Tāne made his way back home but Whiro had had enough of always being put second best to his brother. More and more insects paraded in attacking Tāne. But Tāne was safe, for the baskets and stones were a korowai (cloak) of protection from his brother’s harm. He was welcomed back home as a marohirohi (hero) and laid the kōhatu (stones) and kete (baskets) as learning from his extraordinary haerenga. People celebrate their Koha (gifts) with nui (big) Hākari (feasts).