To Tatau Waka: In Search of Maori Music (Paperback)

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This account of an ethnomusicologist’s experience conducting fieldwork offers a glimpse into the life of New Zealand’s Maori people through his documentation of traditional songs. The audio recordings included span 1958 through 1979, a time when many of the culture’s traditions were fading. Sensitive writing and attention to the challenges of anthropological fieldwork shed light on postcolonialism in New Zealand and its effects on Maori and Polynesian cultures and the continuance of traditional music.

About the Author

Mervyn McLean is a former associate professor of ethnomusicology and the director of the archive of Maori and Pacific music at University of Auckland. He is the author of Maori Music and Weavers of Song and the coauthor of Songs of a Kaumatua and Traditional Songs of the Maori.

Praise For…

"A treasure trove of how to become an ethnomusicologist, with all sorts of insights into the pleasures and the problems."  —British Review of New Zealand Studies

Product Details
ISBN: 9781869403065
ISBN-10: 1869403061
Publisher: Auckland University Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2004
Pages: 200
Language: English