This book contains traditional Maori knowledge as entrusted to Eruera Stirling as a boy by tribal elders, and is intended to convey this knowledge to subsequent generations along with an explanation of the deeper meanings of an ancestral way of life. Offering an insider view of early-mid 20th century Maori history, it is a fascinating resource for any student of such matters.
Eruera Stirling (1899-1983) was born under a tree and selected as an infant for training in the ancient knowledge of his people, being sent to live with tribal elders at the age of 2. For more than twenty years from 1924, he worked with the legendary Sir Apirana Ngata in the fight to gain for Māori people a living on their own lands. When he moved to Auckland in the 1950s, he continued to work for his people as founder of the Horouta No. 2 Tribal Committee (1955) and co-founder of the Auckland District Māori Council (1956). Awarded an honorary doctorate in literature by the University of Auckland, he was also awarded an MBE in 1977."
Dame Mary Anne Salmond DBE FRSNZ (b. 1945) is a New Zealand anthropologist, environmentalist and writer. She was New Zealander of the Year in 2013.
Our book is in good condition for its age, though the covers show signs of wear consistent with age & use - a creased lower corner of the front cover, some rubbing of edges & spine angles, one small patch of damage near the top of the spine, & a rather grubby bottom R/H textblock corner. Inside, however, the binding is firm with no loose pages; all pages clean and bright; no foxing. A scarce title in the UK.