Tangata o le Moana: New Zealand and the People of the Pacific
This illustrated history tells the amazing story of Pacific people and their relationships with, and contributions to, New Zealand society. In a great feat of exploration and migration, Pacific Islanders became the first people to step foot on these shores some 800 years ago. Tod... read full description below.
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||Pacific Islanders - New Zealand - Ethnic identity, Pacific Islanders - New Zealand - History
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Aotearoa New Zealand has been shaped by a long and dynamic history with the other islands of the Pacific, their people and their cultures. Today, it is home to the largest population of Pacific Islanders anywhere in the world. The first of its kind, this illustrated history tells the fresh and surprising story of over a thousand years of Pacific peoples in New Zealand - a millennium of exploration, encounter and cultural exchange - from the legendary feats of exploration and migration undertaken by the ancestors of modern Maori to the politically explosive dawn raids of the 1970s to Tana Umaga becoming the first PI captain of the All Blacks. Uniquely, Tangata o le Moana puts the Pacific Island viewpoint at its centre, using all new primary sources and a rich cache of oral history material to tell the stories of our shared past. Across fifteen chapters written by leading historians and writers, every aspect of this history is touched on, from migration to tourism, economics to politics, sport to the arts. The book is lavishly illustrated with hundreds of historical and contemporary photos, archival documents, specially commissioned maps and beautiful images of evocative museum objects. Tangata o le Moana is a rigorously researched, but human and colourful, record of the story of New Zealand as a Pacific place.
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||revealing and rewarding... the stories and the history of the Pacific and the way in which the various groups have interacted with each other and New Zealand is outlined in am accessible and informative way Most importantly, the book is told from uniquely Pacific perspectives ... a truly Pacific side to the history of New Zealand. -- National Business Review
SEAN MALLON is of Samoan and Irish descent and is senior curator Pacific cultures at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. He is the author of Samoan Art and Artists: O measina a Samoa (2002) and he co-edited Speaking in Colour: Conversations with artists of Pacific Island heritage (1997), Pacific Art Niu Sila: The Pacific dimension of contemporary New Zealand arts (2002) and Tatau: Samoan tattoo, New Zealand art, global culture (2010). KOLOKESA MAHINA-TUAI is a freelance curator and writer. Her current area of work is in the promotion and development of Pacific arts, with a focus on Tongan arts. She has authored and contributed to various publications including a series of bilingual children's books based on Pacific myths and legends. DAMON SALESA is the author of a number of works in Samoan and Pacific, New Zealand and imperial and colonial history, including Racial Crossings: Race, intermarriage, and the Victorian British Empire (2011). He is associate professor of Pacific studies at the Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Auckland. Previously he was an associate professor of history at the University of Michigan.