Elsdon Best was New Zealand’s foremost writer on pre-European Māori life.
His books are a uniquely valuable record of traditional Māori culture, social customs and beliefs. Without him, we would know little of the customs and traditions of these times.
Best published almost a dozen monographs on all aspects of life; this edition brings them all back into print.
His ideas and researched have been questioned since his death – especially as his work was underpinned by the 19th century belief that Māori were a people under threat of extinction. Yet his research was based on on rare first-hand knowledge, wide reading, informed study and close discussion with Māori.
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $34.99 each
Please note, some of the titles are currently out of print, this is indicated by O/P beside the title. However Te Papa Store does have some stock of the out of print titles
ISBNs as follows:
978-1-877385-00-1 Fishing methods O/P
978-1-877385-01-8 Forest lore of the Māori O/P
978-1-877385-02-5 Games and pastimes O/P
978-1-877385-03-2 Māori agriculture O/P
978-1-877385-05-6 Māori religion Pt 1
978-1-877385-06-3 Māori religion Pt 2 O/P
978-1-877385-07-0 Māori storehouses
978-1-877385-09-4 Stone implements O/P
978-1-877385-04-9 The Māori canoe O/P
978-1-877358-08-7 The pa Māori O/P
978-1-877385-10-0 The whare kohanga O/P