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A Carved Cloak for Tahu: A History of Ngai Tahu Matawhaiti (Paperback)
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A Carved Cloak for Tahu: A History of Ngai Tahu Matawhaiti (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 31/12/2004
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Starting with the building of Te Poho o Potiki, the central wharenui at Iwitea of Ngai Tahu Matawhaiti, a hapu of Ngati Kahungungu, A Cloak for Tahu explores its taonga, the iwi and hapu identities represented in its the waiata, stories and carvings, its colonial history including experience with the Native Land Court, the traditional histories of this Northern Hawke's Bay area and an overview of the religions to which the people have adhered, particularly Te Kohititanga Marama. Whaanga also investigates issues of cultural identity and contemporary concerns, giving an overview of the industries in which hapu labour has worked (flax mills, farming, freezing works) and examining the exercise of hapu affiliations. This section analyses the strengthening of cultural identity that occurs when people gather to discuss concerns such as environmental and resource management and the impact of new industry on their area (eg, proposals to drill for gas). Though focused on one area, this story has relevance for many other iwi and will have wide appeal. Told from a range of sources such as waiata and whakapapa, it is well illustrated, attractive reading.

Publisher: Auckland University Press
ISBN: 9781869403225
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 230 x 170 x 14 mm

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