One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A line of descent from one's ancestors; genealogy.‘we grew up knowing our whakapapa’‘she has a large design inked on her back, depicting her whakapapa’
- ‘Our people were very protective of their whakapapa.’
- ‘The point of this story is that history and whakapapa are important.’
- ‘The defining principle has to be whakapapa.’
- ‘Other aspects and changes to the bill on the keeping of records, and the recognition of genetic inheritance or whakapapa, are an improvement.’
- ‘The esoteric nature of these claims is expressed through their own pertinent whakapapa link.’
- ‘For any tribal group to trace their whakapapa to an eponymous ancestor, it has to be proven through blood lines.’
- ‘One of the unfortunate things about our whakapapa is that we cannot do anything about it.’
- ‘The music carried grief, the sea, voices speaking assuredly of whakapapa.’
- ‘As mentioned by previous speakers, whakapapa links are important and will be a concern for Maori and Pacific Island groups.’
- ‘Looking through all his pics, I'd be interested in tracing his Whakapapa.’
Early 20th century: Maori.
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