DOC manages a large number of historic sites that are of great importance to tangata whenua in New Zealand. The recording of oral histories and oral traditions relating to these sites can provide a major asset for site management and interpretation, while helping to establish good working relationships between DOC and tangata whenua.
This report sets out advice on processes involved in recording oral histories and traditions, based on the author’s experience of an oral history project focused on the Ruapekapeka Pā site in Northland.
It highlights lessons learned from the project, and makes suggestions on how problems can be avoided in future oral history projects. Information is provided on both the technical and cultural aspects of working with tangata whenua to record oral histories and traditions.
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