Oct 30
2020

Myth Telling in Waldorf Education — Myths of the Maori

In Waldorf education, teachers share cultural myths with students in third through sixth grade as part of the language arts and history curriculum. While we typically teach our fourth-grade students about Norse mythology, as many Waldorf schools do, we are also consciously moving towards a less Euro-centric curriculum. Our fourth graders also learn the myths of the Māori people of New Zealand. The Māori originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several canoe voyages between 1320 and 1350. 

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