Best, Elsdon, 1856-1931,

The Māori / by Eldon Best. - Wellington, NZ : Harry H. Tombs, 1924. - 2 volumes (xv, 528, ix, 637 pages) : illustrations ; 21 cm - Memoirs of the Polynesian Society ; volume V. . - Memoirs of the Polynesian Society ; volume V .

"Originally published as Volume V of the Memoirs of the Polynesian Society, Wellington, 1924 and reissued 1941. This facsimile edition by Cadsonbury Publications 2011."

Includes bibliographical references (v. 1.: pages 481-483 ; v. 2.: p. 593-596) and index.

Vol. 1. 1. Physical & mental characteristics of the Maori -- 2. The Maori as a seafarer & coloniser:- the peopling of New Zealand -- 3. Traditional history & its teaching: the whare wananga, or school of learning -- 4. Cosmogony & anthropogeny -- 5. Myth & folk lore -- 6. Religious beliefs & practices of the Maori: Maori magic -- 7. Social customs -- 8. Social customs (cont.) ; Marriage customs. Vol. 2. 9. Social customs (cont.) ; Customs pertaining to birth -- 10. Social customs (cont.) ; Customs pertaining to sickness, death, burial and exhumation -- 11. Social customs (cont.) ; The arts of pleasure: games and pastimes -- 12. Social customs (cont.) ; The arts of pleasure: vocal and instrumental music -- 13. The dawn of science: the rudiments of modern science as observed in maori usage -- 14. The art of war -- 15. The pa Maori or fortified village -- 16. Maori agriculture: its methods, implements and ceremonial -- 17. Fishing -- 18. Forest lore and woodcraft -- 19. Textile arts -- 20. Personal adornment -- 21. Dwelling houses and storehouses.

"The data contained in this sketch of Maori life and its activities in pre-European times is the result of an almost life-long interest in our native folk on the part of the writer [Elsdon Best]"--Preface (P. xi).


Text in English with some Maori.

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Māori (New Zealand people).
Māori (New Zealand people)--Social life and customs.
Hekenga.
Whare wānanga
Tikanga
Pūrākau

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