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This is an auction for THE NATURAL WORLD OF THE MAORI by Margaret Orbell.

Photography by Geoff Moon.

"Isolated by wide oceans for seventy million years, the islands of New Zealand became a different world. Tangled, fern-filled forests preserved ancient plants which had disappeared elsewhere. There were no land mammals at all and no snakes, so there were many unique, ground-dwelling species of birds, some of them very large. The diversity of the land forms and climate conditions produced a great variety of natural environments, with warm lowlands, windswept tussock grasslands, active volcanoes and harsh alpine regions. About 1000 years ago, New Zealand was one of the few parts of the earth's surface still unknown to human beings. Then it was discovered by explorers from tropical Polynesia, the ancestors of the Maori. With a series of ingenious inventions, they adjusted to the very different conditions which life in this new land offered them. They acquired a profound knowledge of their environment and many new skills necessary for their survival. Meanwhile the land shaped their thinking and their mythology, folklore, poetry and art forms came to reflect their new environment. In traditional Maori thought all things have life and significance, and everything is related to everything else. Quoting extensively from myths and songs recorded by Maori writers in the 19th Century, Margaret Orbell vividly evokes the Maori view of the world, while Geoff Moon's remarkable photographs present the country's landscapes, birds, fish, insects, reptiles and plants."

Large format hardback 1996.

128 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $.4.95, or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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