Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Weaving Flax

On the 20th of September we were weaving flax. First we read a article in the School Journal. The story was about weaving flax. When we finished reading we went to the native plant garden to get flax to weave and put on our mask. When we got there Mr Wood showed us the mother, father and grandparent leaves. Then we had to say a Karakia (Prayer). Mr Wood then started cutting the flax. We each got 2 flax leaves. We went back to the class ready to turn flax into flowers. When we finished making them we stuck them onto our cultural identity masks.





  1. Wonderful work Mr. Wood and class. I have a new group of students and we are learning a great deal about blogging from your website. We also love the cultural lessons that you share. Please keep it up!

  2. Hi Room 17

    Tino pai on weaving your porotaka. They look great you both look really proud of your efforts. I would love to see another image of your weaving with your mask if you have time.

    Keep up the wonderful work!

    Mrs Armstrong-Lush (Feilding, NZ)

  3. Isn't it great when you get to do something practical and real at school? Often these are the things we remember when we think back on what we did. And it's so much easier to write about something that you did too. Tino pai rawa Team 17. Ms Donnell

  4. Well done team

    Your weaving looks nice and even.

    Tino pai

    Allanah K

    Moturoa Classroom

    Appleby School


    New Zealand

  5. I think its great that you carried out this task, one thing that I think that you could explain for your audience around the world is what a Karakia is, and what is the particular Karakia for Flax. Perhaps someone could record themselves saying it (or a podcast) then you could provide a written explanation about why you do it, what it means and put it onto your blog as another wonderful post.
    Mr Webb, Room 8, Melville Intermediate, Hamilton, Waikato

  6. Wow, what amazing weaving! I didn't know about the 'mother, father and grandparent leaves' - What are they?

    Melbourne Australia (currently on Term holidays)

  7. This is so cool...I've never seen flax before. Thanks for the picture and your post. What is your final project?


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