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Every culture has its own traditions and many of the times these traditions are broken when new generations are born In the film Whale Rider depicts a culture in transition The Maori the native Polynesian people of New Zealand are looking for a male descendant of Paikea the brave leader who escaped death on the back of a whale to lead them and restore the traditions Koro Pais grandfather has been waiting for the first born of the new generation who would be chief Unfortunately the tradition was broken when Pais twin brother passes away What Koro does not understand is that Pai is the leader they have been waiting forThe people from Maori have been waiting for so long that they have lost hope and flight of people The culture has also become unhealthy for example when Pai comes home and notices that the women playing cards at the dinner table have been smoking Pai states Maori women have got to stop smoking we have to protect our childbearings This quote helps to show how the women do not care about their health and just smoke Another example of how the culture is unhealthy is when Pai goes to her uncle Rawiris house to ask if he can teach her taiaha the uncle is just lying down being lazy with his wife smoking By the uncle being lazy he has gained weight and is not slim like beforeThe families of Maori have also become ruptured for example when Hemi goes up to present his father only stays for a little while to watch him then leaves with his friends By Hemis father leaving so soon Hemi feels upset because he really wanted to show his father what he has learned about his culture Another example is how Pais father leaves Pai with Koro while hes in Germany pursuing his career as an artist Pais father leaves her because he doesnt believe that
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