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Traditional Lifeways of the Southern Māori

Traditional Lifeways of the Southern Māori was the major field project undertaken by journalist James Herries Beattie for the Otago Museum in 1920. For twelve months, he interviewed people from Foveaux Strait to North Canterbury, and from Nelson and Westland. He also visited libraries to check information compiled by earlier researchers, spent time with Māori in Otago Museum recording southern names for fauna and artefacts, visited pā sites, and copied notebooks lent to him by informants. His work was later produced into a manuscript for the Hocken Collections, and then edited into a book by Professor Athol Anderson. With a striking new cover, this new edition of an essential resource continues to impart it’s knowledge of historical lifestyles and customs of Te Waipounamu.

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