Māori Environmental Science and Contributions to Global Indigenous Health
2:00 to 3:30 p.m., Monday, July 16
101 Walter Library
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Join us for a discussion with Māori scholars and traditional knowledge-holders Justin Ihirangi Heke and Paora Te Hurihanganui.
Dr. Justin Ihirangi Heke (Waikato/Tainui) is an indigenous researcher at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi specializing in health, physical education, and environmental science. Heke is involved in a number of national and international projects, including a recently completed research project at Johns Hopkins University, where he was funded by the Global Obesity Prevention Center to conduct a study using traditional indigenous health approaches alongside Systems Dynamics.
Paora Te Hurihanganui is a son of the sovereign tribal nation of Ngāti Rangiwewehi (Te Arawa) and is of Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, and European descent. Hurihanganui is the chief executive of Te Papa Tākaro o Te Arawa, an Iwi mandated trust working within the sport and health sectors. He has previously worked in tourism and education. Hurihanganui has a passion for the revitalization of ancestral and cultural pursuits and has a diverse background in Māori arts as a contemporary visual artist, performing artist, and martial artist.
This seminar is co-sponsored by the University's Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, School of Social Work, Department of American Indian Studies, and the Office for Public Engagement.