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has died, making it easier to cope with the death


Dreams are looked at for meaning = knowledge

Analyzing dreams is a skill that is disappearing

Those who have the ability to see the meaning and content of a dream provide valuable assistance and guidance

Belief of a Forerunner

A forerunner is a message that comes in the form of a representation

To experience or witness a forerunner is very spiritual

Feeding of Grandfather

The feeding of Apuknatajit is a time to give thanks to the Spirits during the most difficult time of the winter

The offering is performed on January 31st

An Elder gives thanks for survival and asks for additional assistance until the arrival of spring

Whale Rider Quotes

Paikea: Why doesn't he want me? Porourangi: He's just looking for something that doesn't exist anymore. Paikea: A new leader? They exist.

Paikea: My name is Paikea Apirana, and I come from a long line of chiefs

Paikea: A long time ago, my ancestor Paikea came to this place on the back of a whale. Since then, in every generation of my family, the first born son has carried his name and become the leader of our tribe... until now

[first lines] Paikea: In the old days, the land felt a great emptiness. It was waiting. Waiting to be filled up. Waiting for someone to love it. Waiting for a leader. [child birth scene] Paikea: And he came on the back of a whale. A man to lead a new people. Our ancestor, Paikea. But now we were waiting for the firstborn of the new generation, for the descendant of the whale rider. For the boy who would be chief. Paikea: There was no gladness when I was born. My twin brother died, and took our mother with him.

[last lines] Paikea: My name is Paikea Apirana, and I come from a long line of chiefs stretching all

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