Takataapui – Rainbow Maori
Takataapui is a Te Reo Maori term, which is often used to roughly mean ”rainbow person” or ”rainbow community”, in a similar way to LGBTQI+.
Some say it is specific to Maori, others use it for all LGBTQI+ people broadly.
Takataapui – No Simple Translation
Maori culture has traditionally included and celebrated people of all genders, and their relationships to people of any gender. Maori culture includes all Maori people.
Despite Aotearoa becoming a Brittish colony in 1840, and the resulting laws and value systems being hostile to takataapui both historically and today; tikanga Maori continues to awhi and embrace takataapui whanau.
At it’s core, takataapui is a Maori concept that sits within Maori culture, with it’s own history and wairua, one very different to terms such as LGBTQI+.
So, there is no direct English translation, but these are some whakaaro or ideas for thought.
Takataapui – Maori Genders
Takataapui is used more specifically for Maori genders, such as:
- taahine – similar to mixed gender, sometimes non-binary, or transgender not-otherwise-specified
- whakawahine – similar to trans woman
- tangata ira tane – similar to trans man
Takataapui is often used as a gender of it’s self – Maori transgender not-otherwise-specified. Some also use takataapui to refer to non-Maori who are transgender and intersex.
Takataapui – Maori Attractions, Relationships, or Sexual Orientations
Takataapui is also used more specifically for Maori attractions or sexual orientations, along the lines of lesbian, bisexual, queer, gay, pansexual, etc. Some also use takataapui to refer to non-Maori who are lesbian, bisexual, queer, gay, pansexual, etc.
Find Out More About Takataapui
You can read more about takataapui, download some great resources, and order beautiful bound booklet Takataapui – Part of the Whanau, as well as other takataapui resources like Growing Up Takataapui, from Takatāpui | A Resource Hub.
Takatāpui – Part of the Whānau
Tū Mai Takatāpui
Whānau rejection drives takatāpui away from culture – study
Ahakoa Te Aha Kapa Haka Group
He Takatapui Noa Ahau