The Whare Kohanga and Its Lore

Author(s): Elsdon Best

Maori

Elsdon Best was a prolific recorder of pre-European Maori social life and material culture. His work established him as New Zealand's foremost ethnographer of Maori society.

Best based is research on rare first-hand knowledge, wide reading, informed study and discussion with Maori. His was a lifelong project underpinned by a belief that Maori were a people under threat of extinction, yet by the time of his death in 1931 Best's work had assumed new importance as it informed a Maori cultural renaissance.

Today, the Elsdon Best books are accepted as classic studies. They remain a uniquely valuable record of traditional Maori culture, social customs and beliefs.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781877385100
  • : Te Papa Press
  • : Te Papa Press
  • : January 2005
  • : 240mm X 150mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Elsdon Best
  • : Paperback
  • : very good
  • : 96