Tales of the Maori bush /

Cowan, James, 1870-1943,

Tales of the Maori bush / James Cowan ; edited and introduced by Alex Calder. - Facsim. ed. - Auckland : Reed, 2006. - 194 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

"Publisher's note to this edition: Although certain misprints and erros have been corrected, this edition remains faithful to the original. It retains usages in both Maori and English that reflect the conventions of the period in which it was first published. For instance 's' is used in some Maori words to denote the plural."--T.p. verso.

James Cowan and the Final Frontier : introd. / Preface to the 1934 ed. -- Camp fire at Te Tapiri -- Piwai the fairy -- Preece's Road -- Patakatoka : a King Country memory -- Tatai and her lover : a romance of old Rotorua -- Ambush : a tale of the Lakes Country -- The Eel Pa : a sketch of old King Country life -- The illustrious goats of Ruatoki : a story of the Urewera tribe -- A bush court-martial -- The wahoo man : a tale of wizardry, love and revenge -- The tattooer : a story of Maori strategy -- Patoromu's Madonna -- A voice in the night -- Tupara's sister : a drama of Te Kooti's day -- The rangatira -- The sanctuary : the forest refuge -- The march of Te Puoho : the story of a lost endeavour -- The right arm of Eru Peka -- The powder maker : a memory of the Upper Wanganui -- On the Hauhau trail : a story of Lake Rotoiti -- Ocean wanderers : the bushmen who went to sea -- The Theodolite -- The man from Pye's Pa -- The miracle -- Crusoe on Ponui : a tale of the Hauraki Islands -- The mate of the Ariki Cutter -- The hills of heart's desire : a legend of Tikitere -- The mediator -- Glacier gold : the Maori diggers' treasure hunt -- My name is Mackay : an episode of the old frontier. by Alex Calder --

A re-issue of noted Maori historian James Cowan's classic work from 1934, Tales of the Maori Bush is a lively and accessible collection of 30 stories from early New Zealand which present, in Cowan's own words, `the alternating humour and tragedy of life, approached from the sympathetic angle of a lifelong close friendship with the Maori people, who are as much my own people my Pakeha fellow-countrymen are.' Included are stories about fairies and wizardy, romance, bushmen, goats, Te Kooti's war-party, treasure hunts, battles, adventures, old country life and more. This book of tales was the first ever `secular' publication produced by Reed Publishing. With a contextualizing introduction by Dr Alex Calder of the University of Auckland, whose specialist subject area is first-contact NZ literature


Māori (New Zealand people)--Fiction.
Tāngata whenua
Āhuatanga pāpori
Kōrero nehe

Short stories, New Zealand.
New Zealand fiction--19th century.

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