Sleeps standing Moetū / Witi Ihimaera ; with Hēmi Kelly.

By: Ihimaera, Witi Tame, 1944- [author,, editor.]
Contributor(s): Kelly, Hēmi [author.]
Material type: ArticleArticleLanguage: English, Maori Description: 221 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 21 cmISBN: 9780143771111; 0143771116Subject(s): Ōrākau, Battle of, N.Z., 1864 -- Fiction | Māori -- New Zealand -- Waikato -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction | Ngāti Maniapoto (Maori people) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction | Reorua | Ngā Pakanga Whenua o Mua | Pakiwaitara | Kōrero neheGenre/Form: New Zealand fiction -- 21st century. | Historical fiction. Summary: Both fiction and fact, this fascinating book is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the Battle of Orākau. During three days in 1864, 300 Maori men, women and children fought an Imperial army and captured the imagination of the world. The battle marked the end of the Land Wars in the Waikato and resulted in vast tracts of land being confiscated for European settlement. Instead of following the usual standpoint of the victors, this book takes a Maori perspective. It is centred around Witi Ihimaera's moving novella, Sleeps Standing, which views the battle through the eyes of a 16-year-old boy named Moetū. Alongside the novella are non-fiction narratives from Maori eyewitnesses, together with waiata, images and a Maori translation by Hemi Kelly, further giving voice to and illuminating the people who tried to protect their culture and land. It is estimated that, at the height of the battle, 1700 immensely superior troops, well-armed and amply resourced, laid siege to the hastily constructed pa at Orakau. The defenders were heavily outnumbered with few supplies or weapons but, when told to submit, they replied- 'E hoa, ka whawhai tonu matou, ake, ake, ake!' 'Friend, I shall fight against you for ever, for ever!
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Both fiction and fact, this fascinating book is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the Battle of Orākau. During three days in 1864, 300 Maori men, women and children fought an Imperial army and captured the imagination of the world. The battle marked the end of the Land Wars in the Waikato and resulted in vast tracts of land being confiscated for European settlement. Instead of following the usual standpoint of the victors, this book takes a Maori perspective. It is centred around Witi Ihimaera's moving novella, Sleeps Standing, which views the battle through the eyes of a 16-year-old boy named Moetū. Alongside the novella are non-fiction narratives from Maori eyewitnesses, together with waiata, images and a Maori translation by Hemi Kelly, further giving voice to and illuminating the people who tried to protect their culture and land. It is estimated that, at the height of the battle, 1700 immensely superior troops, well-armed and amply resourced, laid siege to the hastily constructed pa at Orakau. The defenders were heavily outnumbered with few supplies or weapons but, when told to submit, they replied- 'E hoa, ka whawhai tonu matou, ake, ake, ake!' 'Friend, I shall fight against you for ever, for ever!

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