Games and Dances of the Maori People is divided into two parts. Part 1 consists of six chapters relating to games. Part 2 presents seven chapters relating to dances. Each chapter includes interesting historical comment and simple step by step instructions for mastering and teaching game and dance skills.
The author has taken the trouble to include different versions of various activities. For example, when describing knucklebones we can read the South Island, Ngai Tahu and North Island Ngati Porou rules for the game.
Of particular interest in the second part of the book is information about haka and also the instructions for poi. Appendix A. B. and C. discuss Maori pronunciation, costume and dance weapons.
review by Barbara
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