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Housing the knowledge of tangata whenua (indigenous people) Morehu, Anahera


How can the information sector develop guidelines for indigenous materials? When Anahera Morehu started her journey to share the work we do in Aotearoa with the rest of the world, especially pātaka kōrero (storage houses of stories), did she realise that there was a ‘fear’ prevalent on the international scene? The fear was in the form of indigenous traditional knowledge. The largest component to play a role in this ‘fear’ was the unknown, the unkown of what indigenous traditional knowledge is, lack of understanding as to its impact on the indigenous people and the greatest fear “Who are the indigenous people in my area?” Anahera Morehu was pleasantly surprised with the initiative of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) who took up the mantle and included indigenous traditional knowledge as a concept to consider for the learning of future information managers. Anahera Morehu realised at this time, there was still a lack of knowledge but it had been brought into a space where the present population of information managers became aware. Therefore, the journey had begun in earnest. As organisations whom house most of the written historical information of tangata whenua (indigenous people), consideration since her early journey has been forming of partnerships or relationships. In these ways are information managers able to discern and create guidelines that support their organisations in coping with the different aspects of what “indigenous traditional knowledge” is. Anahera Morehu hopes to bring a discussion and a few ideas as to how participants are able to implement ways to create guidelines for indigenous traditional knowledge held in your organisations.

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