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Friday July 10, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Aureo Tuaputa and her husband Tangianau at the Te tangi o te Reo Pe‘e seminar. 20070919 Aureo Tuaputa and her husband Tangianau at the Te tangi o te Reo Pe‘e seminar. 20070919

Born on the island of Mangaia, Aureo Tuaputa was taught the mire dance when she was a child at school.

Aureo and her husband Tangianau Tuaputa were presenters at the second day of Te Tangi o te Reo Pe‘e workshop yesterday.

Tuaputa, 78, still clearly recalls the words and the sounds of the mire she had learned, and recited at the seminar.

The Mangaia mire is only performed by women, and no instruments are used, only the slapping of their hands that sets the beat.

Te Kopapa Reo Maori committee member Vae Unuka said there were different types of mire for a farewell, a sports function, and more.

Unuka also shared a Mangaia mire that was recorded in 1979 that riveted the audience.

Other types of chants were described.

The “eva” is a chant that can share grief or survival and on Mangaia, is only performed by men, and only one particular  “ove” (drum) is used for a beat that doesn’t change it stays monotonous.

A “patukurunga” is delivered at a celebration of a large event such as a welcoming ceremony or a momentous occasion like the cutting of a tree and carrying it to a place to build a vaka.

Secretary of Culture Anthony Turua said the workshop was “revitalising the originality of our pe‘e (the call of our traditional chants) and also the meaning of each of the pe‘e.

“There are pe‘e for traditional welcoming ceremonies, for going out fishing …”

Turua acknowledged that at present some of the pe’e that are performed are diluted or confused by our own generation.

“These seminars are to formalise and record the pe‘e, including the Pa Enua for the next generation,” said Turua.

“We would like to see this documented and shared out to the islands and also transferred into the education system and the community.”

Today’s presenters are Ngarima George and Daniel Apii on the Tila, Mako, Fakaiti and Fakatara from the Northern group islands.

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