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Author Winitana, Chris, 1960-

Title Legends of Aotearoa / text by Chris Winitana ; photographs by Andy Reisinger
Published Auckland : HarperCollins, 2001


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Description 160 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents He Mihi -- The Creation of the World -- Maui-of-the-Topknot -- The Walking Mountains -- The Dog and the Child-River -- Kupe the Discoverer -- Te Arawa Canoe - The Migration -- The Fires of the Earth -- The Lake of Rippling Waters -- Uenuku and the Mist Maiden -- Rona and the Moon -- The Canoe of Aoraki -- The Flight of the Greenstone People -- The Hollow of the Giant -- The Journey of the Spirits
Summary "It was a pristine world, green, natural, untainted. Aotearoa New Zealand was covered with gigantic trees and delicate ferns, a landscape teeming with wildlife, especially birds of impossible shapes and heavenly sounds. It was paradise." "Then people came. And as the centuries passed, a little more of the land was despoiled, a few more species of wildlife disappeared forever. But the original Maori settlers remembered the land as it was and recorded its life in elaborate and splendid stories that became the legends of Aotearoa."
"Now, in this book, Chris Winitana re-tells fourteen of the favourite stories of the Maori people, accompanied by over one hundred colour photograghs by Andy Reisinger that show the paradise that was - and is - New Zealand. The book includes many of the best-known stories - the legends of Maui, Kupe, the Arawa canoe, Rona and the moon - and some less well known, such as the legend of the walking mountains, the fires of the earth, the flight of the greenstone people and the story of Wakatipu. The legends cover tribal areas from all around New Zealand, reflecting the breadth of the photography, from isolated Northland beaches to lofty alpine heights."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 160)
Notes Includes text in Maori
Subject Mythology, Maori.
Maori language -- Texts.
Legends -- New Zealand.
Maori (New Zealand people) -- Folklore.
Maori (New Zealand people) -- Folklore.
New Zealand -- Pictorial works.
Genre/Form Topographic maps.
Pictorial works.
Children's nonfiction
Illustrated works.
Author Reisinger, Andy.
LC no. 2002391175
ISBN 186950349X