Housing the knowledge of Tangata Whenua (Indigenous people)

UBC Library is pleased to announce an upcoming presentation by a Māori Librarian, Anahera Morehu, on indigenous people and collections. “Housing the knowledge of tangata whenua (indigenous people)” will focus on how information professionals can build respectful collections.

Cultural organisations house most of the written historical information of tangata whenua (Indigenous people), however, not many organizations have partnerships with Indigenous peoples. Anahera Moheru (University of Auckland) will present insights from her journeys in facilitating the forming of partnerships or relationships. Through partnerships, information managers are able to discern and create guidelines that support organisations in better understanding what “indigenous traditional knowledge” is in an information profession context.

Anahera brings a discussion about developing guidelines for Indigenous traditional knowledge held in your organisations – libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions. As the National Coordinator for the Mātauranga Māori within New Zealand Libraries, Anahera will present a programme that provides an insight into the world view from the indigenous people of Aotearoa (New Zealand).

Anahera_PortraitAnahera Morehu is the Library Manager for Arts, Māori and Pacific at the University
of Auckland. She presented at the International Federation of Library Associations
and Institutions (IFLA) World Congress in 2011, at a time when indigenous traditional
knowledge was making its initial stance within the constructs of information
management. She travels and presents at many indigenous fora where she is able,
and honoured, to be the National Coordinator for the Mātauranga Māori within NZ
Libraries. Anahera is past Tumuaki of Te Rōpū Whakahau, convenor for the Library and
Informtion Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) conference 2014, current
LIANZA Hikuwai Regional Councillor, and a member of LIANZA Council.