A Glossary Of Te Reo Māori Terms From THE DEAD LANDS
If you’ve been watching The Dead Lands on Shudder, you may have been wondering about some of the te reo Māori terms being used. So, to give you a bit of a deeper understanding of the Māori language, we’ve got a handy glossary for you.
Aroha — Love, affection, empathy
Aotearoa — Māori name for New Zealand
Iwi — Tribe, bones
Kai – Food
Karakia — Prayer, incantation
Karo — Defense, to ward off
Kōrero – Discussion
Kuia — Female elder
Maiki— Demonic servants to Whiro, God of the underworld
Māori — Indigenous person/tribes of New Zealand
Mau Rākau — Māori martial arts
Pā — A village or home complex
Pākeha – A non-Māori person
Patu— BeaBng, assault, killing, weapon, club
Pou — A pole, a carved totem
Reo — Language, voice
Taniwha — Mythical creature, guardian
Tapu — Sacred Tikanga Customs, the correct way
Tipua —Demon, monster
Toa — Warrior, bravery
Tūmārō — Persistence, perseverance, determination, diligence
Tohunga —Expert, priest, shaman
Whānau — Family
Whenua —Land, placenta
For those who aren’t yet familiar, the fantasy-action-adventure series is set in a mythical Aotearoa-New Zealand and is the first genre TV show to showcase Māori mythic storytelling and martial traditions. It’s also created by a mostly Māori and entirely Polynesian cast and crew.
You can learn more about cultural authenticity in The Dead Lands as well as Mau Rakāu, the Māori martial art, in these two behind-the-scdenes featurettes.
A dishonored warrior, Waka Nuku Rau dies, but his Ancestors in the Afterlife send him back to the world to find redemption and honor. There, in the world of the living, he is aided by Mehe, a determined young woman, and together they discover the world has been disrupted by forces not of the living. Someone, or something, is preventing the Dead from entering the Afterlife and now the Dead are thrown back into their decaying bodies to hunt the living.
So what are you waiting for? The first season’s almost over, so check it out right here on Shudder. Just remember to take your glossary with you.