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This is a second-hand hardcover book

Condition: The dust jacket is fitted with an archival wrap. The dust jacket has wear and tearing to the edges, small pieces torn from the edges, fading, discolouring, and staining. There is light shelf wear to the edges of the cover, and a name and address is stamped in the top outside corner of the first 2 pages. There is browning and age spotting to the inside of the front and back cover, to the first and last 2 pages, and to the edges of the compressed pages. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 180 x 257 mm
Pages: 504
Publisher: A.H & A.W. Reed
Publication date: 1976 first edition


The Great New Zealand Myth
By D.R. Simmons

From the early years of this century most Pakeha writers on pre-contact Maori history have accepted the following as a short statement of the Maori settlement of New Zealand: circa AD 925 Kupe left Hawaiki and "discovered" this country before returning to his home land; circa 1150 Toi and Whatonga led the first migration from Hawaiki and settled in New Zealand; circa 1350 some six large canoes, constituting a "Great Fleet", sailed from Hawaiki and founded the tribal structure on which the modern Maori tribal pattern is based.

This, in outline, is what David Simmons now describes as the "Great
New Zealand Myth", and in this book he relates how he came to enquire into its validity. He establishes that it is derived from an incomplete and somewhat indiscriminate study of Maori tribal tradition as recorded by Maori elders and Pakeha scholars in the 19th century. Then, having set himself stricter and more objective criteria by which to judge the reliability of published and manuscript records, he sets out what authentic Maori traditions really have to tell us.


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