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      October 22, 2019

      Tuesday   7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

      Asheville, North Carolina

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      Revitalising Traditional Māori Astronomy – Lecture by Rangi Matamua

      Rangi Matamua, professor and associate dean at The University of Waikato in New Zealand. will present a free public lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Highsmith Student Union Blue Ridge Room. No tickets needed.

      Matamua’s areas of expertise include Māori history, culture, language development and revitalization, astronomy and traditional weaponry. He also will deliver a second lecture as part a UNC Asheville humanities course, from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Lipinsky Auditorium, and this talk is also free and open to everyone.

      Bio for Rangi Matamua
      Professor Matamua of Tūhoe holds the position of Assistant Dean Postgraduate in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at Waikato University. He is heavily involved with Māori postgraduate studies, and supports Māori students as they look to completed Masters and PhD degrees. Professor Matamua has a background in Māori language, Māori broadcasting and Māori customs and traditions. He has led a number of research endeavours including Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund projects, Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga projects, and a number of Government Department research initiatives. Professor Matamua is acknowledged as a leading expert within the field of Māori astronomy. He has delivered many Māori astronomy keynote addresses and public lectures throughout the country, and in 2017 he launched his first book ‘Matariki – the star of the year.’ A graduate of Te Panekiretanga o te reo Māori and a member of the Society for Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART), Professor Matamua is focused on revitalising Māori astronomy.

      Pronunciation note: Rangi Matamua = RAHN-yee mah-TAHN-hwa

      These events are part of Matamua’s residency at UNC Asheville, and are part of the university’s Cultural Events Series, which receives support from Biltmore Farms Hotels, Blue Ridge Public Radio and Our State magazine. This event also receives support from the Astronomy Club of Asheville, the Asheville Friends Meeting, and many UNC Asheville offices and programs.

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      Cost: Free -

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