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Nga Morehu: The Survivors
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For much of women's history, memory is the only way of discovering the past. Other sources simply do not exist. This is true for any history of Maori women in this century. All the women in this book have lived through times of acute social disturbance. Their voices must be heard. Judith Binney, 1992. In eight remarkable oral histories, Nga Morehu brings alive the experience of Maori women from the mid-twentieth century. Heni Brown, Reremoana Koopu, Maaka Jones, Hei Ariki Algie, Heni Sunderland, Miria Rua, Putiputi Onekawa and Te Akakura Rua talked with Judith Binney and Gillian Chaplin, sharing stories and memoires. These are the women whose 'voices must be heard'. The title, 'The survivors', refects the women's connection with the visionary leader Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki and his followers, who adopted the name 'Nga Morehu' during the wars of the 1860s. But these women are not only survivors: they are also the chosen ones, the leaders of their society. They speak here of richly diverse lives - of arranged marriages and whangai adoption traditions, of working in both Maori and Pakeha communities. They pay testimony to their strong sense of a shared identity created by religious and community teachings.
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Introduction: Te Kooti Arikirangi -- Rua and the Succession to Te Kooti -- Women of the Maori World -- The Making of an Oral History -- Heni Brown -- Reremoana Koopu -- Maaka Jones -- Hei Ariki Algie -- Heni Sutherland -- Miria Rua -- Putiputi Onekawa -- Te Akakura Rua.

About the Author

Judith Binney, DNZM, FRSNZ, was the author of many award-winning histories, including Redemption Songs: A Life of Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki (1995) and Encircled Lands: Te Urewera 1820-1921 (2009). Her work will appear also in Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History (forthcoming, 2012). Photographer Gillian Chaplin is a director of the Melbourne based Magian Design Studio, specialising in exhibition design around the world. After graduating from Auckland University in languages and anthropology, Craig Wallace has managed literacy and English language programmes in the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

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