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Matariki The Maori New Year

Matariki The Maori New Year (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd edition)

By Hakaraia, Libby

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This book is an introduction to the star group Matariki. Known in other cultures by names including the Pleiades and the Seven Sisters, Matariki featured strongly in pre-European New Zealand. It marked the beginning of the Maori calendar, and its rising before the sun in late May... or early June was greeted with great festivals. It was used as a guide to planting and harvesting, and was studied by tohunga as an omen which told whether the food-gathering season would be plentiful or lean. Libby Hakaraia includes interviews with astronomers Richard Hall and Vicki Hyde, well known navigator Hekenukumai Busby, and Hapimana Rikihana, who still practises the ancient Maori art of mahi whai, or string patterns. Today more and more people are celebrating the rising of Matariki. For those who wish to join this growing movement, there are suggestions on how to celebrate this Maori New Year - and, most importantly, a guide to finding Matariki in the night sky.
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ISBN 9780143010180
Published AU 29 May 2008
Publisher Penguin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 2nd edition
805 In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days

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ISBN-13 9780143010180
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Raupo Publishing (NZ) Ltd
Published 29 May 2008
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 2nd edition
Edition 2nd edition
Author(s) By Hakaraia, Libby
Category Matariki (Maori New Year)
Popular Astronomy
Space Travel & Exploration
Matariki - The Maori New Year
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Number of Pages 64
Dimensions Width: 200mm
Height: 231mm
Spine: 6mm
Dewey Code 394.26108999442
Weight 208g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text Social Studies: General
ONIX Text General/trade