Māori Bird Lore: An Introduction
By Murdoch Riley
(B100) ISBN 9780854671007
BOOK TYPE: Hardback
DIMENSIONS: 250mm X 315mm
Absolutely beautiful coloured illustrations by Keulemans. This is a ABC of New Zealand Birds. Starting with the Albatross, Bellbird, Cuckoo, Dotterell,Duck Falcon,Fantail,Fernbird,Godwit,Gull,Harrier,Heron,Huia,Kaka, Kakapo,Kea,Kereru,Kingfisher,Kiwi,Kokak, Morepork,Owl, Parakeet,Pipit, Pukeko,Quail,Rail,Rifleman, Robin,Saddleback,Shag,Silvereye, Stitchbird,Takahe,Tomtit,Tui,Warbler, Weka and a Whitehead.Myths and traditions, some coming from legendary Hawaiki. Outlines the spiritual significance to the Maori of various birds; their economic value for their flesh, feathers, oil, bones and skins, and the rituals deemed necessary to capture them. The ability of certain birds to predict future happenings is yet another fascinating subject covered.