Matariki : the star of the year /

Matamua, Rangi,

Matariki : the star of the year / Rangi Matamua. - 127 pages : illustrations (some colour), map, portraits ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (Pages 113-121) and index.

In midwinter, Matariki rises in the pre-dawn sky, and its observation is celebrated with incantations on hilltops at dawn, balls, exhibitions, dinners and a vast number of events. The Matariki tradition has been re-established, and its regeneration coincides with a growing interest in Māori astronomy. Still, there remain some unanswered questions about how Matariki was traditionally observed. These include: What is Matariki? Why did Māori observe Matariki? How did Māori traditionally celebrate Matariki? When and how should Matariki be celebrated? There has been a resurgence of interest in and celebration of Matariki, and this book provides accessible information about its meaning and significance, how to locate Matariki and when, traditional customs and knowledge regarding Matariki and current-day practices.

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New Year--New Zealand.
Tātai arorangi
Whānau mārama
Māori (New Zealand people)--Social life and customs.
Māori (New Zealand people)--Rites and ceremonies.
Māori (New Zealand people)--Folklore.
Ahu māra
Matariki (Tātai whetū)
Matariki (Whetū)

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