Disembodied brains, culture and science: Indigenous lives under gaze [Part 2 of 2]
Maori people believe the body is derived from the earth, and returns to the ancestral earth at death—complete. The flesh, and all its bits, are sacred. The new Human Tissue Bill in New Zealand has provoked debate over who owns your body at death—you or your family? The Maori Party argues the legislation is Western-centric and racist. And, a young Maori scientist working with post-mortem brain tissue is breaking new ground, to keep her lab life 'culturally safe', in consultation with her tribe.
Original broadcast: 3/5/2008
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
University of Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand
The Hon Tariana Turia
Co head, The Maori Party
NZ Member of Parliament for Te tai Hauauru, Maori Party
Member, Health Committee, New Zealand Government
All in the Mind blog post for this program
To add your comments, simply click on "Comments" under the post and follow the instructions.
All in the Mind blog
Discuss, and comment about the program.
Human Tissue Bill, New Zealand
This Bill replaces the Human Tissue Act 1964 and regulates collection and use of tissue from dead human bodies. It also regulates trading in tissue, export and import of tissue, and use of tissue for non-therapeutic purposes
Speech by The Hon Pita Sharples about the Human Tissue Bill - 7 November 2007
Dr Pita Sharples is cohead of the Maori Party.
Rangahau means research. This site is a researcher resource supporting Kaupapa Maori approaches.
Kaupapa Maori Research
About Kaupapa Maori research and approaches to research.
Title: Tikanga in the Laboratory: Engaging Safe Practice
Author: Melanie J Cheung, Hannah M Gibbons, Michael Dragunow and Richard L M Faull.
Publisher: MAI Review, 2007, 1, Article 1
Link is to a PDF file.
Title: Tikanga Māori: living by Māori values.
Author: Sidney (Hirini) Moko Mead
Publisher: Wellington, N.Z: Huia, 2003.
A guide to Maori customary practice and values.
Title: Decolonizing methodologies: research and indigenous peoples.
Author: Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Editors N K Denzin, Y S Lincoln)
Publisher: Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 1998
The link is to a review of Linda's title by Carla Wilson
Title: Native science: natural laws of interdependence.
Author: Gregory Cajete
Publisher: Santa Fe, N.M. : Clear Light Publishers, c2000
A book about indigenous science and ways of knowing. Link is to Cajete's website.
Monday, December 29, 2008
All in the Mind - Disembodied Brains, Culture and Science: Indigenous Lives Under Gaze [Part 2 of 2]
Here is part 2 of last week's episode of All in the Mind, a look at indigenous cultures and psychology, focusing on Australia's Maori.