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The Art Workmanship of the Maori Race in New Zealand by Augustus Hamilton (Registrar of the University of Otago).
First published in 1896, 236pp. Facsimile No.1. ISBN - 978-0-9922573-0-9 A series of illustrations from specially taken photographs with descriptive notes and essays on the Canoes, Habitations, Weapons, Ornaments and Dress of the Maoris, together with a list of the words in the Maori language used in these subjects.
Part I. On the Canoes of the Maori - plan of the details and construction of a Maori canoe. List of canoe words. On the historical canoes of the Maori Migration to New Zealand, with the names of canoes mentioned in Maori traditions and myths.
Part II. The habitations of the Maori, List of words relating to houses and pas, Maori rafter patterns, with descriptive notes, diagrams of the construction of a Maori House, plans and sections of fortified pas.
Part III. The weapons of the Maori, implements of agriculture and handicraft, the snares and implements used in hunting rats and birds for food. Price NZD$45
Maori Religion and Mythology by Edward Shortland, late Native Secretary, New Zealand. published in 1881.
112pp Facsimile No. 3 ISBN - 978-0-9922573-8-5
Contents include: Primitive Religion and Mythology, Aryans and Polynesians - Maori Cosmogony and Mythology - Religious Rites of the Maori
The Maori Chief of Olden Time - Claiming and Naming Land - The Maori Land Tenure. Price NZD$15
Tales of Dying Race by Alfred A. Grace. First published in 1901, 250pp.
A. Graces writings may be a bit controversial (not politically correct) do make some effort to understand. Grace had had a lot of experience of Maoris and he had quite a respect for them. His attitude is a little like that of a Pakeha-Maori, who, as he calls it, 'speaks the lingo'. He takes it for granted that they are rogues, but he prefers to write of their way of living rather than of conventional and self-righteous Pakeha life for which he had little sympathy. 'The heathen in his blindness,' he said, is blessed with an ideality of which the cultivated, artificial, unnatural pakeha knows nothing.' So he tells two stories in which white men 'take to the blanket' and marry Maori girls, when their Pakeha fiancees have jilted them because of their (till now, innocent) acquaintance with the Maori girls. Grace was the son of a missionary and he has a dislike for missionaries, for the tohunga of either Maori or Pakeha religion. He admires the Maori's freedom from puritanical conventions and he likes to offend conventional Pakeha tastes with stories of Maori warfare and cannibalism. Price NZD$25