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The Ancient History of the Maori, his Mythology and Traditions

The Ancient History of the Maori, his Mythology and Traditions
6 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Anthropology

  • Date Published: November 2011
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108039659

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  • First published between 1887 and 1890, this six-volume work, containing Maori texts with English translations and commentary, and engraved illustrations, was one of the first printed records of the oral traditions of the Maori. The project was commissioned by the New Zealand government in 1879 when it was observed that, due to the introduction of European culture and education, indigenous traditions were dying out. The material was collected by John White (1826–91), an ethnographer, public servant and writer who had arrived in New Zealand as a boy and first began documenting Maori poetry in the 1840s. The first three volumes focus on myths relating to deities, creation, and the Horouta canoe. The second three include narratives about the Tainui migration, intertribal warfare, and the first European settlers. Volume 6 also records genealogies of gods, ancestors and humans that were recited in ritual contexts such as births and burials.

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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108039659
    • length: 2626 pages
    • dimensions: 320 x 250 x 153 mm
    • weight: 4kg
    • contains: 57 b/w illus.
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Whare-kura
    2. Mythology of creation
    3. Tane and rebellion of spirits
    4. Division of heaven and earth
    5. Death of Wahie-roa
    6. Death of Wahie-roa
    7. Attempt to murder Ta-whaki
    8. Ta-whaki ascends to heaven
    9. Creation of woman
    10. The god Tane
    11. Creation of man and woman
    12. The deluge. Volume 2:
    1. Io
    2. Rona
    3. Tama-nui-a-raki and Mata-ora
    4. Niwa-reka, Hapopo, and Paoa
    5. Maui
    6. Maui
    7. Maui and Mahu-i-ka
    8. Ira-waru and Hina-uri
    9. Tini-rau and Hine-te-iwaiwa
    10. Hine-i-te-puwha
    11. Original canoes. Volume 3: Preface
    1. Ue-nuku and Whena
    2. Ue-nuku
    3. Pou-heni and Hine-kau-i-rangi
    4. Tama-tea and Rongo-kako
    5. Rongo-i-tua and Kahui-tupua
    6. Tara-ki-uta and Tara-ki-tai
    7. Nga-ti-ira
    8. Rau-rika
    9. Kui, Tutu-mai-ao, and Turehu
    10. Pa o Nga-toko-ono (The Pa of the Six)
    11. The acts of Te-wera
    12. Last migration from Ha-taitai
    13. Tama-i-hara-nui
    14. Nga-ti-mamoe and South Island history. Volume 4: Preface
    1. Hape-ki-tu-a-rangi
    2. Tai-nui
    3. The war of Mango
    4. Pahau and Karewa
    5. Ponga and Puhi-huia
    6. Puhi-huia arrives at Tipi-tai
    7. Heke-maru
    8. Tar-ao and Karewa
    9. Hotu-nui
    10. Hoto-nui
    11. Paoa
    12. Paoa
    13. Paoa. Volume 5: Preface
    1. The ancient canoes, and Tai-nui
    2. Hotu-mauea
    3. Journey of Tara to Katikati
    4. Motai
    5. The exploits of Te-ngako
    6. The forts of Tu-Raunga-tao taken
    7. Battles fought previous to those of Mau-inaina and the Totara
    8. The Nga-ti-maru answer by song
    9. An account of an ancient (European) navigator called Rongo-tute
    10. The war between Nga-ti-maru and Nga-ti-whananga
    11. The war of Nga-ti-awa on Hau-raki
    12. The attack of Kohi-rangatira and Te-kanawa on Nga-puhi
    13. The acts of murder by the Nga-puhi on the Hau-raki tribes
    14. How Nga-i-te-rangi obtained possession of Tauranga
    15. Pa at Maketu Taken
    16. The Nga-ti-maru reside in Horo-tiu. Volume 6: Preface
    1. Of the various expeditions of the Wai-koto against the Nga-ti-awa and other southern tribes
    2. Rau-paraha
    3. Rau-paraha goes to Maunga-tautari to fetch the Nga-ti-raukawa tribe
    4. Rau-paraha and war-party go to the Wai-pounamu
    5. Rau-paraha and Rangi-hae-ata
    6. Maori wars
    7. Lands taken in war, and how given to tribes
    8. Attack on Pa at Kai-a-poi
    9. A Maori relic
    10. Wars of Rau-paraha on middle island natives
    11. Death of Europeans at Wai-rau
    12. Genealogy of Te-po
    13. Descendants of Rangi and Papa
    14. Genealogical table of Tiki-au-aha
    15. Offspring of Pae-rangi
    16. Genealogy of Rongo-whakaata.

  • Author

    John White

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