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Customs and habits of the New Zealanders, 1838-42

Author: Catherin Servant; J Glasgow; D R Simmons
Publisher: Wellington [N.Z.] : A.H. & A.W. Reed, 1973.
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"The rarity of an unprejudiced account of the manners and customs of the Maoris in the period of initial European contact emphasises the importance of Father Servant's manuscript, presented for the first time in its entirety. An honest and accurate observer, and with remarkably little European or Christian bias, this Marist missionary has recorded the life, customs and beliefs of the Maoris he encountered during his  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catherin Servant; J Glasgow; D R Simmons
ISBN: 0589007238 9780589007232
OCLC Number: 731787
Language Note: In English with some Maori.
Notes: "This book is published with the assistance of the Maori Purposes Fund Board"--Title page verso.
Description: 84 pages, [4] pages of plates : illustrations, portrait ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword by the Rev. E.R. Simmons --
Introduction --
Maori clothing --
Native houses --
Food --
Right of ownership --
Planting --
Fishing --
Canoes --
Prerogatives of the chiefs --
Natives' propensity of war --
Pa or fortification --
Offensive arms --
Ways of making war --
Tattooing --
Ornaments --
Amusements --
Hakari --
Ceremony at the birth of a child --
Native marriage --
Burial --
Atamira --
Hahunga --
Maori tapous (tapu) --
Prayer for the kumaras --
Maori priesthood --
Medicine and surgery --
Character of the New Zealanders --
Slavery --
Dreams --
Oracles --
Sorcery --
Superstitious fear --
Reinga --
Theogony of the New Zealanders --
Mawi (Maui) --
Taki --
Hina --
Tawaki (Tawhaki) --
Maheuke (Mahuika) --
Wiro (Whiro) --
Kiharoa Taniwa (Kiharoa Taniwha) --
Tingara (Te Ngara) --
Demi-gods --
Tanakahi (Te Nakahi) --
Maori song --
Notes --
Father servants writings on the Maoris --
Bibliography for notes --
Appendix : Servant and Yate compared --
Index.
Responsibility: by C. Servant ; translated by J. Glasgow ; edited by D.R. Simmons.

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"The rarity of an unprejudiced account of the manners and customs of the Maoris in the period of initial European contact emphasises the importance of Father Servant's manuscript, presented for the first time in its entirety. An honest and accurate observer, and with remarkably little European or Christian bias, this Marist missionary has recorded the life, customs and beliefs of the Maoris he encountered during his four years in the Hokianga. Isolated in a French Catholic Mission station with little contact with other Europeans, Father Servant was able to devote himself entirely to the Maori people and communicate them in their own language. Father Servant's manuscript, discovered by Mr D.R. Simmons in the Marist Archives in Rome, has been translated by Dr. J. Glasgow, formerly of Auckland University and edited by Mr. Simmons, himself an experienced ethnologist. A foreword and notes explain the value of the manuscript as a document which will fascinate ethnologist, anthropologist and layman alike"--Jacket.

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