Nga Pepeha a nga Tipuna is a collection of more than 2500 'sayings of the ancestors'. Neil Grove and Hirini M Mead spent more than twenty years collecting and compiling these pepeha from all over New Zealand - inviting comment and contributions from all who read and used their early volumes.
Pepeha are not just proverbs; the term includes charms, witticisms, figures of speech and boasts. Neither are they historical relics; they feature in the formal speeches heard every day on the marae, and in the oral literature handed down from past generations. The pepeha also provide a rich source of language. Their use of metaphor and their economy of words show language that enriches the textbook Maori of today.
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Hirini Moko Mead (Ngati Awa) was foundation professor of Maori Studies at Victoria University.Language Notes:
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Book Description Victoria University Press, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110864733992
Book Description Victoria Univ Pr, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. bilingual edition. 448 pages. 9.75x7.00x1.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0864733992