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Sleeps Standing: A Story of the Battle of Orakau
 

Sleeps Standing: A Story of the Battle of Orakau (Paperback)

By Ihimaera, Witi
By Kelly, Hemi

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Both fiction and fact, this fascinating book is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the Battle of Orakau. During three days in 1864, 300 Maori men, women and children fought an Imperial army and captured the imagination of the world. The battle marked the end of the Land Wars in the W...aikato and resulted in vast tracts of land being confiscated for European settlement. Instead of following the usual standpoint of the victors, this book takes a Maori perspective. It is centred around Witi Ihimaera's moving novella, Sleeps Standing, which views the battle through the eyes of a 16-year-old boy named Moetu. Alongside the novella are non-fiction narratives from Maori eyewitnesses, together with images and a Maori translation by Hemi Kelly, further giving voice to and illuminating the people who tried to protect their culture and land. It is estimated that, at the height of the battle, 1700 immensely superior troops, well-armed and amply resourced, laid siege to the hastily constructed pa at Orakau. The defenders were heavily outnumbered with few supplies or weapons but, when told to submit, they replied- 'E hoa, ka whawhai tonu matou, ake, ake, ake!' 'Friend, I shall fight against you for ever, for ever!'
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ISBN 9780143773887
Published NZ 16 Apr 2019
Publisher Random House
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780143773887
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Random House
Imprint Vintage New Zealand
Published 16 Apr 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Ihimaera, Witi
By Kelly, Hemi
Category Modern Fiction
Historical Fiction
History
Warfare & Defence
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Maori
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 196mm
Spine: 19mm
Dewey Code 823.2
Weight 214g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade

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