Living By the Moon: Te Maramataka o Te Whanau-a-Apanui
The dependence of Te Whanau-a-Apanui ancestors on the environment led them to closely study the changes and cycles in nature so they could ensure their survival in their tribal area. Knowledge of aspects such as the sea conditions and best planting and harvesting times at each da... read full description below.
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||4 October 2013 by Huia Publishers
||By Tawhai, Wiremu
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||Te Whaanau a Apanui New Zealand people - Social life and customs, Human beings - Effect of the moon on, Moon - Phases, Traditional farming - New Zealand
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The dependence of Te Whanau-a-Apanui ancestors on the environment led them to closely study the changes and cycles in nature so they could ensure their survival in their tribal area. Knowledge of aspects such as the sea conditions and best planting and harvesting times at each day of the month were carefully observed and remembered and community activities were arranged according to the phases of the moon. This book records this traditional knowledge, handed down orally and through practical demonstration to Te Whanau-a-Apanui elders by their forebears, and from them to the next generations.
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Winner of the 2014 Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards: Te Korero Pono - Non-fiction
Short-listed for PANZ Book Design Awards: Best Educational Book 2014
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Wiremu Tawhai (Te Whauau-a-Apanui) was a teacher of language and culture, scholar, author, actor and broadcaster. An elder of Te Whanau-a-Apanui, he learned traditional knowledge from a young age and was acknowledged as an expert on oral literature and marae protocols and an authority on marmataka, the Maori calendar. He was an advisor to national science organisations, on the board of Te Waka Toi and received a Ta Kingi Ihaka Award for his work in protecting and promoting Maori arts.