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Once Were Pacific: M ori Connections to Oceania

Alice Te Punga Somerville


Native identity is usually associated with a particular place. But what if that place is the ocean? This book explores 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. This book 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 te ... More

Keywords: native identity, Māori, Pacific peoples, New Zealand, Pacific region, indigeneity, migration, diaspora

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816677566
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677566.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alice Te Punga Somerville, author