Maori Weapons in Pre-European New Zealad

Author(s): Jeff Evans

Culture & History

Here is a full inventory of traditional Maori weapons with all the available written information about traditional weapons collected into one concise volume. Maori Weapons provides complete cultural and technical information on the handmade weapons used by Maori, along with photos and line drawings. From the well-known taiaha and mere to the more obscure wahaika and maripi, this is a comprehensive guide that will serve a range of readers. This book does a marvellous job of bringing together all the knowledge that could be gleaned from written sources on Maori weapons as objects of war...Here then is a complete armoury of Maori weapons. - Dr Hirini Melbourne


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Jeff Evans is a writer and photographer who works for leading clients in New Zealand and overseas. An authority on Maori canoes, Jeff is also the author of Waka Taua: The Maori War Canoe, Polynesian Navigation and the Discovery of New Zealand and Nga Waka o Nehera: The First Voyaging Canoes. Jeff lives in Te Atatu, Auckland, with his family.

Foreword by Bernard Makoare 5Acknowledgements 7Author's note 8Introduction 9Two-handed weapons 14Pouwhenua 15Tewhatewha 17Taiaha 20Patu and mere 30Patu onewa 32Patu paraoa 36Wahaika 38Mere pounamu 40Kotiate 42Spears 44Huata 45Tokotoko 48Tao 50Koikoi 52Timata 53Tete 56Tarerarera 57Tararua and reti 59Other weapons 60Hoeroa 60Oka 62Patuki 62Kopere 63Glossary 68Selected bibliography 70

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  • : 9780947506155
  • : Oratia Media
  • : Oratia Books
  • : 0.194
  • : May 2016
  • : 250mm X 185mm X 6mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jeff Evans
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Enhanced
  • : English; Maori
  • : 623.44108999442
  • : 72
  • : approx 50 photos and drawings