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Haka: A Living Tradition 2nd Ed

Haka: A Living Tradition 2nd Ed

Lean the creation and development of the ancient dance form--the haka. Today the haka is an important part of Maori culture and a growing part of New Zealand identity and pride. A fascinating look at a unique dance that is part war chant and part national anthem.

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ISBN 9781869711160
Barcode 9781869711160
Published 1 November 2007 by Hachette
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 2nd Revised edition
Author(s) By Gardiner, Wira
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ISBN-13 9781869711160
ISBN-10 1869711165
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Hachette
Imprint Hodder Moa
Publication Date 1 November 2007
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 2nd Revised edition
Edition 2nd Revised edition
Author(s) By Gardiner, Wira
Category Dance
Cultural Studies
Social & Cultural History
Indigenous Peoples
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 211mm
Height: 285mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 520g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Rites and ceremonies, Maori (New Zealand people), Songs and music, Haka (Dance)
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 793.31993
Catalogue Code 65323

Description of this Book

A source of pride or a source of controversy, the haka is an integral part of New Zealand's culture. The haka has always been a vital part of Maori culture and tradition. Today it has a growing influence on the lives of all New Zealanders. It provides a powerful and dramatic vehicle for welcoming visitors, challenging opponents, rejoicing in victory and for celebrating culture and a way of life. This story of the haka begins with its origins in the mists of time and looks at its place in legend and in the early Maori world, and the observations of the first European explorers, missionaries and settlers. It discusses the various haka types, the roles of men and women, the origins and importance of the well-known Ka Mate! haka, and how this special dance has been used in war, sport and politics. The book covers recent developments in haka, such as the rising popularity of national kapa haka competitions, and the new All Black haka: Kapa o Pango.

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Author's Bio

Wira Gardiner has tribal affiliations to Ngati Awa, Ngati Pikiao, Whakatohea and Te Whanau-a-Apanui. He is the author of two previous books, including a history of the Maori Battalion. He has had a number of high-profile roles in both governance and management, including National Director of Civil Defence, founding director of the Waitangi Tribunal, founding CEO of the Iwi Transition Agency and founding CEO of Te Puni Kokiri/Ministry of Maori Development. He has been Chair of Te Mangai Paho, and deputy chairman of Te Ohu Kaimoana, the trust responsible for advancing the interests of iwi in the development of fisheries. He is the fourth ministerial appointee to the Council of Te Wananga o Aotearoa, and is deputy chair of council at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi.

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