Author(s): Tania Ka'ai
Ki Te Whaiao : An Introduction to MÃ�Â¢ori Culture and Society, is intended for students of MÃ�Â¢ori studies at tertiary institutions. It is also aimed at several other audiences those MÃ�Â¢ori who want to know more about their own world, PÃ�Â¢kehÃ�Â¢ living in this country, and people from overseas who want to learn about the history of the Indigenous people of Aotearoa/New Zealand. The book describes traditional and contemporary MÃ�Â¢ori society and its interaction with PÃ�Â¢kehÃ�Â¢ society since first contact. It gives expression to the voices and words of MÃ�Â¢ori scholars and those informed by their world-view. Emphasis has been placed on the clarification of MÃ�Â¢ori cultural concepts throughout, in order to give readers a deeper understanding of the MÃ�Â¢ori world and to excite their interest in the key themes developed throughout the text. The book has been arranged in two parts: Part one is called Te Ao MÃ�Â¢ori (The MÃ�Â¢ori World) and examines a series of topics encompassing tribal histories about the creation,important cultural concepts, the migration journeys to Aotearoa, the origins of the MÃ�Â¢ori language, cultural traditions and practices, leadership and MÃ�Â¢ori performing and fine arts. Part two, NgÃ�Â¢ Ao e Rua (The Two Worlds) examines early contact between MÃ�Â¢ori and PÃ�Â¢kehÃ�Â¢, the Treaty and related issues, religion, sovereignty, education and literature, and ends with a chapter on the Pacific peoples in Aotearoa/New Zealand. First published 2004.