The Question and Answer section for The Whale Rider is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The tone and mood of the story varies from desperate to mournful to exhilarating. I saw the movie version so long ago that I can't recall the camera angles.
Koro establishes a school to teach adolescent boys ther ancient customs to develop the skills to enable one of them lead a tribe one day.
Maori tradition demands that only a first born son can be a chief. Pai's father has declined the honor so that leaves only Kahu who is a girl. This tests the cultural norms of the tribe. Can tradition and culture change or must it stay the same to...