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The Maori as he was : a brief account of Maori life as it was in pre-European days

Author: Elsdon Best
Publisher: Wellington : Government Printer, 1974.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : English : [Rev. ed.]View all editions and formats
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"The want of a brief account of Maori folk of New Zealand, of their ancient customs, beliefs, institutions, and industries has been long felt. Inquiries for such a work are frequently made. It is therefore hoped that this condensed account of the Maori as he was will serve the above-mentioned demand. The aim has been to touch on all phases of Maori life in pre-European days, and albeit detailed descriptions are  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Best, Elsdon, 1856-1931.
Maori as he was.
Wellington : Government Printer, 1974
(OCoLC)958457596
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elsdon Best
OCLC Number: 1832133
Notes: Reprint of the 1924 ed., with some new ill.
Description: xv, 295 pages : illustrations (1 color) ; 22 cm
Contents: Physical and mental characteristics --
Traditional history --
Mythology and folk-lore --
The religious ideas of the Maori --
Social usages --
The arts of life.
Responsibility: Elsdon Best.

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"The want of a brief account of Maori folk of New Zealand, of their ancient customs, beliefs, institutions, and industries has been long felt. Inquiries for such a work are frequently made. It is therefore hoped that this condensed account of the Maori as he was will serve the above-mentioned demand. The aim has been to touch on all phases of Maori life in pre-European days, and albeit detailed descriptions are impossible in so small a work, yet the reader will be enabled to picture Maori life as it was in neolithic times."--Preface p. [v].

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