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Living by the Moon

By Wiremu Tawhai

Living by the Moon

This book, originally researched and written as part of an academic study, sets out and discusses the maramataka or lunar month and the understanding of the days and nights according Te Whānau-ā-Apanui tribal knowledge. The dependence of Te Whānau-ā-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.

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This book, originally researched and written as part of an academic study, sets out and discusses the maramataka or lunar month and the understanding of the days and nights according Te Whānau-ā-Apanui tribal knowledge. The dependence of Te Whānau-ā-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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781775501244
  • Dimension: 210 x 250 mm
  • Pages: 150
  • Format: Softback
  • Language: English
  • Publication Date: 01 Aug 2013

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About the Author

Wiremu Tawhai

Wiremu Tāwhai (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Awa) was a teacher of language and culture, a scholar, an author, actor and a broadcaster. An elder of Te Whānau-ā-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 maramataka, the Māori calend... Read More

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