Maori Waiata (Music): Re-Writing and Re-Righting the Indigenous Experience

  • Ann C. Clements The Pennsylvania State University
Keywords: Music, Maori, communication, indigenous experience, New Zealand, oral tradition, Polynesia


This article examines the role of music in Maori culture and the ways music works to create meaning for Maori people. The article also provides an overview of Maori history and its context within New Zealand.

Author Biography

Ann C. Clements, The Pennsylvania State University

Associate Professor of Music Education 
The Pennsylvania State University


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