October is Black History Month and the University of Birmingham is again celebrating the culture and histories of Black and Minority Ethnic communities with a comprehensive programme of events which are open for all to visit and participate in the celebrations. One such event is the Maori History (1863-2016) as during this Black History Month, the city will be hosting Maori tribal chiefs for an afternoon of Maori history at the University of Birmingham with the opportunity of meeting the team who returned the tattooed heads home and see awesome Maori performances from Ngati Ranana.
The event, on October 8, includes talks about the joint work between Te Papa and University of Birmingham, a performance of Maori song and dance, and finishes with afternoon tea where we all have an opportunity to chat informally.
Speakers at the free event, in Room UG09, in the Murray Learning Centre, include: Dr June Jones, Head of Repatriation, University of Birmingham Te Herekiekie Herewini, Manager of Repatriation, Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand Esther Jessop, patron of Ngati Ranana, Maori performing group based in London.