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Vastly Ingenious: The Archaeology of Pacific Material Culture

ISBN: 978 1 877372 45 2

Reflecting in 1769 on the manners and customs of the South Sea islands, Joseph Banks remarked that ‘in every expedient for taking fish they are vastly ingenious.’ Hence the title of this book on Pacific material culture, past and present, with broad themes of origins, the movement of peoples and the development of their technologies.

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Traditional Lifeways of the Southern Maori

ISBN: 978 0 908569 79 3

Journalist Herries Beattie recorded southern Maori history for almost fifty years and produced many popular books and pamphlets. This is his single most important work, based on a major field project for the Otago Museum in 1920 and published here for the first time.

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The Welcome of Strangers: An ethnohistory of southern Maori

ISBN: 1 877133 41 8

Two hundred years ago Maori in the south of New Zealand had a lifestyle quite distinct from that of their northern cousins, and different experiences of contact with Europeans. This book provides an insight into those times. While it ranges from Marlborough to Stewart Island, its emphasis is on the far south.