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Eruera Stirling was an elder of the Whanau-a-Apanui tribe in Auckland. His autobiography, with commentary by award-winning writer Anne Salmond, arises from his determination to pass on his traditional tribal knowledge and to explain to a younger generation the deeper meanings of an ancestral way of life. In an outline of tribal history and of recent events in New Zealand race relations, he discusses such traditional concepts as mana (spiritual power), matauranga (knowledge), and whakapapa (genealogy), and he explains the customs of the rahui (reserve), taua (raiding party), and haka (war dance). There is a vivid description of life in the Bay of Plenty in the era of whaling, maize-cropping, and kumara growing, and an account of his work with Sir Apirana Ngata.
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Anne Salmond, Professor of Anthropology, University of Auckland.
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Book Description Oxford University Press, Wellington, 1980. Softcover. Condition: Good. First Edition. Size: 24cm x 18cm. 288 pages. Book is in Good condition, by which we mean it has marks of age and is well worn from handling, but is still intact and good for reading. Foxing and soiling to outside edges of text block. Shelf and edge wear to covers. Creasing to covers. Outside corners lightly bumped. Light browning to page extremities. Creasing to spine. Binding cracked, tender. Dampstaining to front cover. Shipped Weight: .6 kilos. ISBN: 0195580702. ISBN/EAN: 9780195580709. Seller Inventory # 0005003
Book Description Oxford University Press 1980 Paperback, 1980. Condition: Very Good. 288 pages. Seller Inventory # 1066051