Ki te Whaiao: An Introduction to Maori Culture and Society : 9780582545724

Ki te Whaiao: An Introduction to Maori Culture and Society

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Ki te Whaiao: An Introduction to Māori Culture and Society, is intended for students of Māori studies at tertiary institutions. It is also aimed at several other audiences: those Māori who want to know more about their own world, Pākehā living in this country, and people from overseas who want to learn about the history of the Indigenous people of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

The book describes traditional and contemporary Māori society and its interaction with Pākehā society since first contact. It gives expression to the voices and words of Māori scholars and those informed by their world-view.

Emphasis has been placed on the clarification of Māori cultural concepts throughout, in order to give readers a deeper understanding of the Māori world and to excite their interest in the key themes developed throughout the text.

The book has been arranged in two parts Part one is called Te Ao Māori (The Māori World) and examines a series of topics encompassing tribal histories about the creation,important cultural concepts, the migration journeys to Aotearoa, the origins of the Māori language, cultural traditions and practices, leadership and Māori performing and fine arts. Part two, Ngā Ao e Rua (The Two Worlds) examines early contact between Māori and Pākehā, the Treaty and related issues, religion, sovereignty, education and literature, and ends with a chapter on the Pacific peoples in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Table of contents

He kupu whakataki
He tīmatanga kōrero Introduction
Ngā iwi o Te Ika-a-Māui North Island iwi
Ngā iwi o Te Wai Pounamu South Island iwi

PART ONE Te Ao Māori The Māori World
1 Te tīmatanga mai o ngā atua Creation narratives   Michael P. J. Reilly
2 Te ao Māori Māori world-view    Tānia M. Kaai and Rawinia Higgins
3 Ngā hekenga waka Canoe migrations    Jim Williams
4 Te reo Māori Origins and development of the Māori language   John C. Moorfi eld and E. Lorraine Johnston
5 Papa-tūā-nuku Attitudes to land   Jim Williams
6 Whanaungatanga Kinship   Michael P. J. Reilly
7 Ngā tikanga o te marae Marae practices   Rawinia Higgins and John C. Moorfield
8 Tangihanga Death customs   Rawinia Higgins and John C. Moorfield
9 Rangatiratanga Traditional and contemporary leadership   Tānia M. Kaai and Michael P. J. Reilly
10 Ngā mahi a Tāne-rore me Te Rēhia Performing arts   Nathan W. Matthews and Karyn Paringatai
11 Ngā mahi toi The arts   Pakaariki Harrison, Kahu Te Kanawa, and Rawinia Higgins
12 Ngā tuhituhinga reo Māori Literature in Māori   Jane McRae

PART TWO Ngā Ao e Rua The Two Worlds
13 Te tūtakitanga o ngā ao e rua Early contacts between two worlds   Erik Olssen and Michael P. J. Reilly
14 Te Tiriti o Waitangi The Treaty of Waitangi   Janine Hayward
15 Mana Māori motuhake Challenges to kāwanatanga 1840-1940   Lachy Paterson
16 Ngā poropiti me ngā Hāhi Prophets and the churches   John Stenhouse and Lachy Paterson
17 Te mana o te tangata whenua Indigenous assertions of sovereignty   Tānia M. Kaai
18 Te tāminga o te mātauranga Māori Colonisation in education   Brendan Hokowhitu
19 Te mana o te reo me ngā tikanga Power and politics of the language   Tānia M. Kaai
20 Ngā tuhituhinga reo Pākehā Literature in English   Chris Prentice
21 Ngā hekenga hou Pacific peoples in Aotearoa/New Zealand   Michelle Saisoaa

He papakupu Glossary
Te rārangi kaituhi List of contributors
Te rārangi pukapuka Bibliography
Ngā kuputohu Index


Author biography
The authors include Māori, Pacific and Pākehā teachers and scholars, most of whom are academic staff of Te Tumu, the School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies of the University of Otago. Other contributors are in the departments of English, History, and Political Studies at the University of Otago, in the department of Māori Studies at the University of Auckland and also those who are renowned experts in Māori fine arts.