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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Buck, Peter Henry, 1880-1951
The coming of the Maori
Published By: Original publisher
Wellington: Maori Purposes Fund Board; [distributed by]
Whitcombe and Tombs. 1952. xiii, 551 p., plates ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by Te Rangi Hiroa, Sir Peter Buck
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2009. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Literary texts (539);
Traditional history (173);
Mats and basketry (285);
Normal garb (291);
Fishing gear (227);
Musical instruments (534);
Representative art (532);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a detailed and sympathetic study of Maori culture
based on the life-long research of a well known Maori ethnologist. He consulted all
important literary sources, interviewed Maori elders, particularly to ascertain folk
stories, and used his keen observational skill in collecting the data. This document is
divided into four major sections: 1. discussion of Maori origins and racial affiliations,
2. material culture, 3. social organization, and 4. religion. It contains excellent data on
technology. Various objects and methods of manufacture are described with accuracy and
thoroughness. The sections on social organization and religion include less new material
than that of material culture, but the author illuminates the scientific facts with his
personal experiences and flashes of insight. Buck was a member of parliament, a minister of
the Crown, and Director of Maori Hygiene in the Health Department (had M. D. degree) in New
Zealand. His experience in bringing about changes in Maori concepts of sickness and health
as a medical official provides excellent material for the theory of planned change. His
experience as a member of a Maori war party and the vivid account of warfare are good cases
of 'collective behavior' and leadership. It is not always clear whether some of the customs
described applied to the Maori people as a whole or were confined to one or a few tribes
only. However, his comparative analysis of Maori culture with other Polynesian data makes
it not only a significant source on Maori culture but also an important addition to general
Polynesian ethnology. The author, later, became professor of anthropology at Yale
University and the Director of Bishop Museum in Honolulu.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -544)
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Hesung C. Koh ; 1963; John Beierle; 2007
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LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Maori (New Zealand people)