Week 8 Task

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Westra, Ans. Washday at the Pa. 1964. Te Papa, Wellington.

Washday at the Pa, a children’s book by Ans Westra was an example of a representation of poverty or wealth in Aotearoa used in Dr. Greg Gilbert’s lecture. Washday at the Pa consisted of photographs depicting the lives of a rural Maori family. When published in 1964, a period of rapid change to Maori lifestyles with many making the move to the cities, it’s launch was ‘caught up in a force field of competing and antagonistic readings’ (McDonald 76). This book caused a great deal of controversy due to accusations of stereotyping rural Maori families as ‘poor’. Another reason for contention was due to the fact that Maori were being represented by a Pakeha. This stereotype was perceived by the Maori Women’s Welfare League as dangerous due to the implications that all rural Maori were unable to provide for themselves (Gilbert).

Resources:

Gilbert, Greg, Dr. “Economic Inequality in Aotearoa and the Role of Art and Design.” Massey University, Wellington. 23 Sept. 2016. Lecture.

McDonald, Lawrence. Camera Antipode: Ans Westra: Photography as a Form of Ethnographic & Historical Writing: A Dissertation Presented in Partial Fulfilment of the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Social Anthropology Programme, School of People, Environment & Planning, Massey University, Manawatu. Thesis. 2012. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

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