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By Natacha Gagné

Indigenous peoples worldwide were fascinated about struggles for decolonization, self-determination, and popularity in their rights, and the Māori of Aotearoa-New Zealand aren't any exception. Now that just about eighty five% of the Māori inhabitants have their major position of place of abode in city centres, towns became vital websites of confirmation and fight. Grounded in an ethnography of daily life within the urban of Auckland, Being Maori within the urban is an research of what being Māori capacity today.

One of the 1st ethnographic experiences of Māori urbanization because the Seventies, this e-book relies on nearly years of fieldwork, residing with Māori households, and greater than 250 hours of interviews. by contrast with stories that experience excited by indigenous elites and legitimate teams and businesses, Being Māori within the City shines a mild at the lives of normal contributors and households. utilizing this process, Natacha Gagné adroitly underlines how indigenous methods of being are maintained or even bolstered via switch and openness to the bigger society.

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Rivalry for mana (spiritual power, authority, prestige, status) among Māori was a good reason for selling, with the Land Court as an arena for expression of this rivalry. During the land invasion, however, the British were faced with opposition and had to deal with a strong Māori resistance. 15 “They were not, as is sometimes suggested, storms in a teacup or gentlemanly bouts of fisticuffs but bitter and bloody struggles, as important to New Zealand as were the Civil Wars to England and the United States” (Belich 1988 [1986]: 15).

By] 1911, Maori held only 7 million acres, a quarter of the North Island. By 1920, they held 5 million acres, most of it leased to Pakeha, and only a fifth usable for Maori agriculture” (Belich 1996: 259). Here, however, Belich warns against “the picture of naive Maori victims succumbing to legal chicanery and the blandishments of cunning Pakeha land buyers and storekeepers” (259). Rivalry for mana (spiritual power, authority, prestige, status) among Māori was a good reason for selling, with the Land Court as an arena for expression of this rivalry.

This is still true in the context of today, as I illustrate throughout this book. ’ They sought out fellow Maori in social and other circumstances, such as at playcentres, in church congregations and sports clubs, and outside school gates” (Hill 2009: 39; see also Walker 1975). As urbanization became an important reality for Māori in the postwar An Overview of Māori and New Zealand History 31 years, they also became involved in cultural clubs in the city, youth groups, and voluntary associations.

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