Maori Life and Custom

Maori Life and Custom

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First published in 1966 this encyclopaedia is the fruit of a lifetime's study into pre-Pakeha Maori society, and is a full and authoritative guide to old Maori customs. Drawing on a range of ethnographic research and intimate professional knowledge, Phillipps gathers together in one comprehensive volume an array of subjects including food gathering and preservation, agriculture, buildings, canoe-building and navigation, garment-making, basket and mat-making, plaiting, games and toys, music, carving, weaponry, tattooing and the social rituals of birth, marriage and burial. Sensitively revised and updated for modern readers, and illustrated with almost 200 original line drawings, this is a truly indispensable reference work.show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 184 x 260mm
  • Penguin Group (NZ)
  • Raupo Publishing (NZ) Ltd
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • revised
  • 0143009729
  • 9780143009726

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W.J. Phillipps was born in Oamaru and served for New Zealand during World War One before beginning his life-long career into the study of Maori life and custom when he joined Wellington's Dominion Museum in 1917. He became the Musuem Ethnologist in 1944 and then Deputy Director, publishing works such as Maori Houses and Food Stores (1952), Carved Maori Houses (1955) and Maori Carving Illustrated, which is still in print. Phillipps retired in 1958 and died in 1967. John Huria, a former editor and publisher, is the director of Ahi Text Solutions in Wellington.show more

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