Mrs. Parker’s Class Welcomes Amelia Butler
This page provides an opportunity to donate toward an honorarium for Ms. Butler. Threefold Village is honored to welcome Ms. Butler to visit with Mrs. Parker’s class and share educational and demonstrative experiences with the students. Mrs. Parker has arranged the visit in pursuit of deepening cultural understanding in the students and an appreciation of indigenous people around the globe.
Amelia Butler is an indigenous Māori woman of Ngātiwai, Ngāti Awa, and Ngāpuhi descent. She attended Kōhanga Reo (Māori language preschool) at a young age and grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. Throughout her childhood, Amelia’s mother maintained a strong connection with her tūrangawaewae (standing place) by regularly taking Amelia and her brother and sister up north to visit their grandmother and other whānau (extended family) members.
Amelia studied Māori by correspondence at secondary school and led her school’s kapa haka (traditional Māori performance) group. She went on to major in Māori language, culture, and performance in her Bachelor of Arts degree and Māori Land Law in her Bachelor of law degree at the University of Auckland. She also achieved a certificate in Contemporary Māori Performing Arts from AUT.
Amelia moved to America in 2009 and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. She started an LA-based kapa haka group Ngā Anahera Māori (The Māori Angeles) in 2017 and leads the group. In 2018 Amelia started Learn Māori Abroad and now her life’s work revolves around sharing the Māori culture here in the USA. Amelia speaks te reo to her two daughters and they often perform with her kapa haka group. In addition to performing and teaching the Māori language, Amelia teaches haka (traditional Māori war dance) & poi (‘poi ball’) workshops for educational institutions, corporations, and Polynesian dance groups.