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Ikawai: Freshwater Fishes in Maori Culture and Economy

Ikawai: Freshwater Fishes in Maori Culture and Economy (Hardback)

By McDowall, R. M.

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This landmark publication draws together all that has ever been written about the role of freshwater fishes in the lives of early Maori. Species such as tuna (eels) kanakana (lamprey), inanga and kokopu were of high importance in the traditional diets of Maori, who were well awar...e of the places and seasons in which these fish could be harvested. Bob McDowall has made it his life's work to read every word ever written on the subject of Maori fisheries, from passing references in explorers' diaries, to the significant literary achievements of Elsdon Best and Te Rangi Hiroa in the 1920s, to the recent reports of the Waitangi Tribunal. In Ikawai, all the knowledge on record is connected into a coherent account for the first time, and interpreted in the light of modern scientific knowledge of the fish fauna. As well as being highly informative, Ikawai also serves to illustrate the beauty associated with Maori fisheries. Bob has amassed an extraordinary collection of photographs of the fish themselves, of the artefacts Maori customarily used in catching fish, and of artworks by modern Maori practitioners, some reflecting the many legends and stories associated with fish. He has also unearthed some stunning and highly significant historical images that were hidden away in archives, libraries and photographic collections. This compendium is an essential resource for anyone interested in the lives and livelihood of New Zealand's earliest settlers.
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ISBN 9781877257865
Published NZ 1 Oct 2011
Publisher Canterbury University Press
Format Hardback
237 In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781877257865
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Canterbury University Press
Imprint Canterbury University Press
Published 1 Oct 2011
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Hardback
Author(s) By McDowall, R. M.
Category Social & Cultural History
Indigenous Peoples
Aquaculture & Fishing: Practice & Techniques
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 832
Dimensions Width: 190mm
Height: 260mm
Spine: 53mm
Dewey Code 993.00499442
Weight 2,563g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Freshwater fishes - New Zealand, Freshwater fishes - New Zealand - Geographical distribution, Maori (New Zealand people) - Fishing - Economic aspects, Maori (New Zealand people) - Fishing - History
NBS Text Agriculture & Farming
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly