this is ma paper.
means alot to me i wrote it all by typing. i'm really bad at typing
named Paikea. The myth of Paikea consists of his amazing rescue by a whale after his canoe was lost at sea. He rode the whale all the way to the safety of the shore, and founded the Maori people. From that day, An eldest son was always chosen to be the Chief of the tribe, leading the people politically and spiritually.
The beginning of the movie starts out with Porourangi standing by his wife as she gives birth to two children. Unfortunately, both the wife and the son die, leaving a girl behind. The grandfather, Koro, is upset about this turn of events. He was looking forward to teaching the boy in the old ways to become the new village chief, after the disappointment that Porourangi, his own son caused him by leaving the village. Matters are worsened when Porourangi gives the child the same name as the legend: Paikea. Koro is furious, knowing that being a girl, even with the name of the Paikea, she does not have the right to ever become what her dead brother was meant to be.
Time jumps to when Paikea is grown and attending middle school. Despite the gruffness seen in the first scene, we see a softer side to Koro, as he
Koro searches for his meaning in life by attempting to find a new Chief by forming a cultural school for the village boys. He teaches them all the ways of the warriors, using the Taiaha fighting stick, learning the ancient chants and so on. All through this, he ridicules Paikea as she continues trying to learn the arts that are traditionally reserved for males. Koro lives by superstition, for example when Paikea uses the Taiaha, he sees this as her breaking a terrible taboo that will bring misfortune. When Koro takes the boys out to retrieve the whale tooth pendant, a sense of doom comes over Koro as none of the boys manage to retrieve the necklace. Koro loses sight of his love for Paikea and becomes obsessed with searching elsewhere for a...