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The Natural World of the Maori by Margaret Orbell, Published by Collins/Bateman, 1985, 1st Edition, Pgs 230, b&w + colour photos, references, glossary of maori words, index.

Condition: Dust jacket is in good condition, has occasional very faint signs of edge wear . Boards good, lightly rubbed at base. No markings or inscriptions within, clean and tidy throughout.


The New Zealand that the Maori people found when they first arrived, how they viewed and interpreted it, the images that developed and the attributions they gave the forest, the bird life, the landforms, volcanoes, alpine regions and seashore. A virgin land. The Polynesian explorers found that in order to settle the land major adjustments were necessary to survive in this new land. A new environment demanded new skills. This new land shaped their thinking, mythology, folklore, poetry and art. Orbell examines the Maori experience in New Zealand which is inexcess of 1,000 years. Headings include: Land and People, Ways and Means, The World of Light, Shaping the Land, The Realm of Tangaroa, The Children of Tane. Geoff Moon’s photography ably complements Margaret Orbells text. Orbell one of New Zealands foremost authorities on Maori particularly in pre European times along with Geoff Moon has produced this superb book Please click here to ask a question
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