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Whale Rider (review)

Whale Rider (review) the contemporary pacific · fall 2004 ject matter, and stay away from particularity of story, language, or culture--and if it is a story about people of color, it must be told (ie, interpreted for the audience) from the perspective of a white person. Instead, Whale Rider's opening narration begins: "In the old days the land felt a great emptiness. It was waiting for someone to love it, waiting for a leader, and he came on the back of a whale, a man to lead a new people, our ancestor Paikea." The film Whale Rider was written and directed by Niki Caro. It is based on the novel The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera, which in turn is based on an ancestral story of the Whangara people of the east coast of Aotearoa New Zealand. The film is a story about deep losses, relationships, and healing. The film begins with simultaneous birth and death: the death of a woman and her son, and the birth of a daughter Paikea, who narrates: "There was no gladness when I was born--everyone was waiting for the firstborn boy to lead, but he died, and I didn't." Paikea's grandfather, the chief Koro, comes http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Whale Rider (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 16 (2) – Aug 31, 2004

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the contemporary pacific · fall 2004 ject matter, and stay away from particularity of story, language, or culture--and if it is a story about people of color, it must be told (ie, interpreted for the audience) from the perspective of a white person. Instead, Whale Rider's opening narration begins: "In the old days the land felt a great emptiness. It was waiting for someone to love it, waiting for a leader, and he came on the back of a whale, a man to lead a new people, our ancestor Paikea." The film Whale Rider was written and directed by Niki Caro. It is based on the novel The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera, which in turn is based on an ancestral story of the Whangara people of the east coast of Aotearoa New Zealand. The film is a story about deep losses, relationships, and healing. The film begins with simultaneous birth and death: the death of a woman and her son, and the birth of a daughter Paikea, who narrates: "There was no gladness when I was born--everyone was waiting for the firstborn boy to lead, but he died, and I didn't." Paikea's grandfather, the chief Koro, comes

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 31, 2004

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