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The Making of a Maori by James E. Ritchie

The Making of a Maori by James E. Ritchie

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The Making of a Maori

A Case Study of a Changing Community

by James E. Ritchie

 A. H. & A. W. Reed, 1963, [First Edition], illustrated title page, hardcover, dust-jacket

Very Good Condition, some edge and shelf wear, some rubbing to edges and corners, ex-library with sticker and tape residue on inside front and back covers and over front and back edges, stamp to publishers page, dust-jacket shows some edge and shelf wear with rubbing to edges and corners, some creasing and crumpling, small chips and tears (see photographs)

“The Maori people are an accepted part of the social scene in New Zealand today and their future is widely discussed, and study based upon a fundamental understanding of Maori life in the home and community.
Dr James Ritchie has made, in The Making of a Maori, an important contribution to our knowledge of how modern Maori people grow up and live.  He has taken a typical Maori village, a village he calls “Rakau”, and describes its individuals and families, its tensions and troubles, its vivacity, excitement, and satisfactions.
From this study the reader may appreciate that the life of Maori people is different from his own and yet not so different that he cannot feel with them the pressures, paradoxes, and pleasures of their lives and understand how they work, play, plan and follow and lead, marry and die.  They will see why Rakau is a significant place for those who live there and how on a larger canvas it is significant for us all.”

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