Tangata Whenua

Tangata Whenua

An Illustrated History

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Winner of the illustrated non-fiction category award in the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Winner of the Copyright Licensing New Zealand Best Resource in Secondary Award.

Winner of the Te Kōrero o Mua (History) Award at the 2015 Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards.

Winner of the 2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize.

Gold winner at the Pride in Print Awards 2015.

Selected by the New Zealand Listener as one of the best books of 2014 – ‘Years in the making and containing 500 images, this is a majestic charting of Māori history from beginnings to present day.'

Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History charts the sweep of Māori history from ancient origins through to the twenty-first century. Through narrative and images, it offers a striking overview of the past, grounded in specific localities and histories.

The story begins with the migration of ancestral peoples out of South China, some 5,000 years ago. Moving through the Pacific, these early voyagers arrived in Aotearoa early in the second millennium AD, establishing themselves as tangata whenua in the place that would become New Zealand. By the nineteenth century, another wave of settlers brought new technology, ideas and trading opportunities – and a struggle for control of the land. Survival and resilience shape the history as it extends into the twentieth century, through two world wars, the growth of an urban culture, rising protest, and Treaty settlements. Today, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Māori are drawing on both international connections and their ancestral place in Aotearoa.

Fifteen stunning chapters bring together scholarship in history, archaeology, traditional narratives and oral sources. A parallel commentary is offered through more than 500 images, ranging from the elegant shapes of ancient taonga and artefacts to impressions of Māori in the sketchbooks and paintings of early European observers, through the shifting focus of the photographer’s lens to the response of contemporary Māori artists to all that has gone before.

The many threads of history are entwined in this compelling narrative of the people and the land, the story of a rich past that illuminates the present and will inform the future.

Aroha Harris, Melissa Matutina Williams and Tainui Stephens at the Going West Festival, September 2015

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Nov 2014
Pages: 544
RRP: $99.99
ISBN: 9781927131411
ISTC: A022012000022331
DOI: 10.7810/9781927131411

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Published with the Auckland War Memorial Museum

Winner of the illustrated non-fiction category award in the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Winner of the Copyright Licensing New Zealand Best Resource in Secondary Award.

Winner of the Te Kōrero o Mua (History) Award at the 2015 Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards.

Winner of the 2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize

Gold winner at the Pride in Print Awards 2015.

Endorsements

This beautifully published book has broad public appeal and will be read widely by New Zealanders keen to discover who we are and where we come from. Judges of the 2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize

Tangata Whenua lays a new foundation for enlarging cross-cultural understanding for Māori and Pākehā alike, and contributes significantly to the survival of Māori culture and tradition. Sir Taihākurei Durie

One of the most significant books on the Māori world ever written, this is the sort of generous canvas on which we can paint our future. Sir Tipene O’Regan

Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History is as much about continuity as it is about the past. It is the story of a living people – its time has well and truly come. Hon Justice Joe Williams

Rich in text and images, this book will be a magnificent artefact, a taonga tuku iho in its own right. Jonathan Mane-Wheoki

Atholl Anderson and Judith Binney are the most senior scholars in their respective professions of archaeology and Māori history; their wisdom will help to make this a worthy book to inform future generations. Aroha Harris represents the rising generation of Māori scholars who see the world with new eyes. Ranginui Walker

This is a visionary project – to see this outstanding team produce something even more than the sum of its parts will be quite a moment. Visually stunning, Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History will inform public debate for years to come. James Belich

This long-anticipated, much-needed and attractive book achieves the near impossible ... One of the most significant New Zealand publications of recent years. Page & Blackmore