Eruera: The Teachings of a Maori Elder

Author(s): Eruera Stirling

NZ Maori

This book arose from Eruera Stirling's determination to pass on the traditional knowledge entrusted to him in his childhood by tribal elders, and from his wish to explain to a younger generation the deeper meanings of an ancestral way of life. In this outline of tribal history and of contemporary race relations, he discusses traditional concepts such as mana, matauranga and whakapapa.

This award-winning biography also contains vivid descriptions of life in the Bay of Plenty in the era of whaling, maize cropping and kumara growing, and an account of his work with Sir Apirana Ngata.


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Anne Salmond is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. One of New Zealand's most prominent anthropologists and historians, Professor Salmond is the author of Hui- A Study of Maori Ceremonial Gatherings; Amiria- The Life Story of a Maori Woman); and Eruera- The Teachings of a Maori Elder (winner of a Wattie Book Award in 1981) which she co-wrote with Erua Stirling. Among her other acclaimed works are Two Worlds- First Meetings between Maori and Europeans, 1642-1772; Between Worlds- Early Exchanges between Maori and Europeans, 1773-1815 (winner of the Ernest Scott Prize in 1998); The Trial of the Cannibal Dog- Captain Cook in the South Seas (winner of the Montana Medal for Non-fiction in 2004); Aphrodite's Island- The European Discovery of Tahiti; and Bligh- William Bligh in the South Seas (a finalist in the 2012 NZ Post Book Awards). She received the CBE for services to literature and the Maori people in 1988 and was made Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to New Zealand history in 1995. In 2009, she was elected as a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) for her excellence in scientific research. She lives in Devonport, Auckland.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Anne Salmond; PREFACE to the new editions of Eruera and Amiria; THE BOOK OF THE ANCESTORS 1)My Great-Grandpeople; THE BOOK OF MY LIFETIME 1)Born to this World of Light 2)Young Days in Raukokore 3) Coming Up in Life 4)Settling Down 5) Raising Our Family 6)Sir Apirana Ngata 7)The War years 8) Leaving the Coast 9) Auckland; THE BOOK OF THE RISING GENERATION 1)Life in Te Ao Hou 2) A Gift and a Greeting; Eruera: A Discussion Anne Salmond; Notes; Glossary; Appendicies 1)Some notes on Eruera's forebears 2) Raukokore: early history of the district 3) 'He Koorero Moo Te Kawa Waahine', naa Eruera Stirling, Arnold Reedy, Matiu Te Hau me eetahi atu, 1966 (naa Ata Pederson i kapo ngaa korero nei); Bibliography; Index

General Fields

  • : 9780143020134
  • : Penguin Canada
  • : Penguin Canada
  • : January 1980
  • : New Zealand
  • : November 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Eruera Stirling
  • : Paperback
  • : en
  • : 305.8994
  • : 288
  • : BxW photographs