Tikanga Whakaaro: Key Concepts in Maori Culture
This book provides explanations in English and Maori of seventy terms which are important in Maori culture. Each term is clearly defined, and its significance explained with reference to tradition, custom, myth and ritual, as well as present day understanding. The author, Cleve Barlow, draws on the traditional learning of the whare wananga, on karakia and whakatauki, to reveal the richly spiritual world of the Maori. He is learned in both Maori and Pakeha worlds, and is able to combine anthropological and linguistic insight with the traditional lore of the tupuna handed down for generations.