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Singing the Trail: The Story of Mapping Aotearoa New Zealand
  

Singing the Trail: The Story of Mapping Aotearoa New Zealand (Hardback)

By McCrystal, John

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    5 Nov 19

The very first maps were oral maps made by early Polynesian and Maori settlers which were waypoints, described as 'survey pegs of memory', lists of places in songs, chants, karakia and stories that showed direction. Hundreds of years later, the Dutch Abel Tasman sailed here and m... read full description below.

ISBN 9781760633592
Barcode 9781760633592
Release Date 5 November 2019 by Allen & Unwin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781760633592
ISBN-10 1760633593
Stock Release date is 5 November 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Imprint A&U New Zealand
Release Date 5 November 2019
International Release Date 1 June 2020
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Hardback
Author(s) By McCrystal, John
Category Historical Geography
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Maori
Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 276
Dimensions Width: 250mm
Height: 280mm
Weight 1,810g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 1008016

Description of this Book

The very first maps were oral maps made by early Polynesian and Maori settlers which were waypoints, described as 'survey pegs of memory', lists of places in songs, chants, karakia and stories that showed direction. Hundreds of years later, the Dutch Abel Tasman sailed here and made the first attempt at a physical map; followed more than 100 years later by Cook, whose map was much more detailed as he circumnavigated the country. Once the detail of the coastline was filled in, more detailed maps of the interior were made by those in search of resources to exploit. A clever look at New Zealand history and also at the intriguing tradition of map making.

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Author's Bio

John McCrystal lives in Wellington with his partner, two children and a large, indefatigable dog. He has been working as a freelance writer since 1996, contributing to most of New Zealand's leading newspapers and magazines. Since publishing his first book in 1999, a biography of businessman Bob Owens, he has written, co-written or ghost-written over 50 non-fiction titles on a diverse range of subjects, including biography, social history, travel, sport and economics. He has also published a handful of short stories (some of which attracted national awards), a single radio play and (with broadcaster Graeme Hill) produced the very popular radio series, 'Shipwreck Tales'. Maps and charts have been a lifelong fascination.

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