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|Title:||Moriori : A People Rediscovered|
|New / Used:||Used|
|Book Type:||Large hardcover|
|Size (mm):||210 w x 270 h x 20 d|
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1st Edition. Illustrated throughout with b&w images and maps.
The story of one of the mystery peoples of the South seas. Historian work from the beginning to present time. In depth exhaustively researched story of a great people.
The moriori of the Chatham Islands have long been regarded by Europeans as one of the mystery peoples of the South Seas. Their culture seemed more primitive than any other in the Pacific; their origins were said variously to be negroid, Jewish, Melanesian, Polynesian and sub-Antarctic. The Maori of New Zealand despised them and called them black fellas. The Moriori race, the world was informed, became extinct when its last member died in 1933. and he died, allegedly, without the solution to the mystery of his people's origin and identity. Hundreds of New Zealanders still believe that the Moriori were a backward race of unknown origin who settled the country first and were subsequently banished to the Chathams, vanquished and demoralised by more vigorous and intelligent Maori colonists. In this book historian and writer Michael King clears away all the nonsense, rumour and vilification that have surrounded the Moriori. He identifies clearly who they were and where they came from. He shows that far from being primitive, Moriori culture was a perfect adaptation to a harsh environment. And he reveals that Moriori people were not a race, and that they are far from extinct.