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Dying language

The traditional Maori language, is a dying language, you can see this over the decades, laws passed by the government, forced it to be this way. My ancestors where beaten in schools, for what was deemed a forked tongue, constantly shamed and ridiculed, in front of everyone. Being a proud race, emotions weren't meant to be shared, so they stopped speaking there language, for the white man they feared. The next generation struggled, caught in a violent time, there parents reluctant to teach them, because fear was always on there mind. With each generation following the same trend, the language became harder to learn, only remnants remain now, of a proud race that just got burned. The language most spoken now, come form the city's, it has been transformed. European Maori widely is accepted, very rarely can the old language be learned. M.Mahauariki © 2012

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  1. Date: 2/12/2012 11:37:00 PM
    Thank you for this. I hadn't known anything about the Maori language. Through poetry, is the best way to learn a bit then. :) Always, Laura