By Dunsford, Cath
Kaitiakitanga Pasifika draws on the brilliance of the historical celestial navigation of the Pacific in waka [sailing canoes], evoking past voyages through contemporary navigational wayfinding in traditional waka using modern solar, wind and kite powered energy. It draws together... a visionary movement of indigenous Pacific people who combine the ancient wisdom of kaitiakitanga and modern ecological knowledge. It is an exciting, compelling and innovative novel from one our most gifted Pacific novelists, with 25 books in print and translation globally. The launching of this book by Witi Ihimaera, at the Frankfurt Bookfair, 2012, where Aotearoa/New Zealand was the Guest of Honour, is a fitting tribute to this award winning author who has created a new genre of literature with her indigenous Cowrie eco novel series.Read more
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Cathie Koa Dunsford [Te Rarawa] is author of 26 books in print and translation in USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Turkey, including the popular Cowrie eco-novel series. She taught Literature, Creative Writing & Publishing at Auckland University for 30 years. Dr. Dunsford is director of Dunsford Publishing Consultants, which has brought 209 new and award winning Pacific authors into print internationally: http://www.dunsfordpublishing.com/ She is recipient of two literary grants from Creative New Zealand Arts Council and was International Woman of the Year in Publishing in 1997. She is on the Board of the Asia Pacific Writers' Network and featured on a panel of experienced Pacific Artists at Artspeak Pasifika, 2010. Cath Koa has performed at the Frankfurt, Leipzig and Istanbul Bookfairs. Her work has been featured in several documentaries: Cowrie, for Maori Television, director: Makerita Urale; Aotearoa: Skizzen1-3, director: Monika Treut & Maori director Kathleen Gallagher's feature length film, Ranginui. She was Opening Keynote Speaker for the Asia Pacific Writer's Conference [Melbourne, 2005], Oceanic Conference on Climate Change, [University of the South Pacific, 2010] speaking about Kaitiakitanga: A Climate Change of Consciousness. Witi Ihimaera launched her book, Kaitiakitanga Pasifika, at the Frankfurt Bookfair in 2012. Cath Koa Dunsford was one of 8 authors chosen to launch the Frankfurt Bookfair programme at the Berlin International Literary Festival, & read at the Frankfurt Bookfair, Zofingen Literary Festival and Zurich Literaturhaus. Two conferences based on her novels have been held at Canadian universities. Her recent novella, Occupy Occupy Omaha, was a hit at the Kowhai Festival. She tours the world performing from the books, including traditional Maori waiata and taonga puoro, with her translator and German publisher, Dr. Karin Meissenburg. Contact: mailto:email@example.com
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