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Aotearoa, comprehensive, insightful, extremely informative covering wide range & variety aspects of The Maori
Drawing considerable of navigation, archaeology & anthropology knowledge David Lewis tells the story of the creative & warlike people from their origins until 19th century when Europeans arrived. During initial first period of colonisation these people lived mainly by hunting & fishing in a temperate forest covered land with no large animals. Gradually through 12th & 13th centuries the natural resources of the and were depleted, moa extinct, Maori became farmers, agriculture brought new way of life . Showing how all aspects of Maori life were interconnected. The gods were believed to be related to the people & even trees had souls. Since through heroic & warlike deeds mana or spiritual potency was created even the slightest intertribal insult was taken as an excuse for war & the gods also took sides. Maori myths, songs & art, by turns sensuous & fierce, joyous & tragic, form an integral part of the book. Forman's exuberant & sensitive photographs place the Maori in the context of their hauntingly beautiful land & cast new light on their remarkable artefacts. hard back

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