Once Were Pacific Maori Connections to Oceania

ISBN-10: 0816677573

ISBN-13: 9780816677573

Edition: 2012

Authors: Alice Te Punga Somerville

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Native identity is usually associated with a particular place. But what if that place is the ocean?Once Were Pacificexplores this question as it considers how Māori and other Pacific peoples frame their connection to the ocean, to New Zealand, and to each other through various creative works. Māori scholar Alice Te Punga Somerville shows how and when Māori and other Pacific peoples articulate their ancestral history as migratory seafarers, drawing their identity not only from land but also from water.Although Māori are ethnically Polynesian, and Aotearoa New Zealand is clearly a part of the Pacific region, in New Zealand the terms “Māori” and “Pacific” are colloquially applied to two distinct communities: Māori are Indigenous, and “Pacific” refers to migrant communities from elsewhere in the region. Asking how this distinction might blur historical and contemporary connections, Te Punga Somerville interrogates the relationship between indigeneity, migration, and diaspora, focusing on texts: poetry, fiction, theater, film, and music, viewed alongside historical instances of performance, journalism, and scholarship.In this sustained treatment of the Māori diaspora, Te Punga Somerville provides the first critical analysis of relationships between Indigenous and migrant communities in New Zealand.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 4/11/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Alice Te Punga Somerville (Te Ātiawa) is senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, where she teaches Māori, Pacific, and Indigenous writing in English.

Nga Mihi: Acknowledgments
Introduction: Maori and the Pacific
Tapa: Aotearoa in the Pacific Region
Maori People in Pacific Spaces
Pacific-Based Maori Writers
Aotearoa-Based Maori Writers
The Realm of Tapa
Koura: The Pacific in Aotearoa
Maori-Pasifika Collaborations
"Its Like That with Us Maoris": Maori Write Connections
Manuhiri, Fanau: Pasifika Write Connections
When Romeo Met Tusi: Disconnections
The Realm of Koura
Conclusion: E Kore Au e Ngaro
Epilogue: A Time and a Place
Publication History
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