Maori People

Maori

Maori (mä´ōrē), people of New Zealand and the Cook Islands, believed to have migrated in early times from other islands of Polynesia. Maori tradition asserts that seven canoes brought their ancestors to New Zealand. The Maori language is closely related to Tahitian, Hawaiian, and other languages spoken on the islands lying E of Samoa in the South Pacific. In the early 19th cent., at the end of their war against European encroachment, the Maori in New Zealand numbered about 100,000. The number later dwindled to 40,000. Largely through the efforts of their own chiefs, however, they have reemerged as an economically self-sufficient minority in New Zealand, and their population today is more than 500,000. The Maori maintain their own cultural identity apart from the general New Zealand community, while at the same time sending representatives to parliament. Since the 1970s the Maoris and the government have negotiated several settlements of land and other claims lodged by various Maori groups; the claims date back to the 19th cent., when land was seized by British colonists in violation of the Treaty of Waitangi. See also New Zealand.

See A. J. Metge, Maoris of New Zealand (1967); W. Forman and D. Lewis, The Maori (1984); J. Irwin, An Introduction to Maori Religion (1984).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Maori People: Selected full-text books and articles

A Concise Encyclopedia of Maori Myth and Legend By Margaret Orbell Canterbury University Press, 1998
Maori Psychology: A Long Way from Imago, He Ara Roa Tonu (1) By Glover, Marewa; Hirini, Paul New Zealand Journal of Psychology, Vol. 34, No. 1, March 2005
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Educational Achievement in Maori: The Roles of Cultural Identity and Social Disadvantage By Marie, Dannette; Fergusson, David M.; Boden, Joseph M Australian Journal of Education, Vol. 52, No. 2, August 2008
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The Multi-Dimensional Model of Maori Identity and Cultural Engagement By Houkamau, Carla A.; Sibley, Chris G New Zealand Journal of Psychology, Vol. 39, No. 1, March 2010
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Maori Tribalism and Post-Settler Nationhood in New Zealand By Sissons, Jeffrey Oceania, Vol. 75, No. 1, September 2004
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The Origins of the First New Zealanders By Douglas G. Sutton Auckland University Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of the Maori people in multiple chapters
Measuring Maori in Australia: Insights and Obstacles By Hamer, Paul Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, No. 36, August 2009
Maori Socio-Political Organization in Pre- and Proto-History: On the Evolution of Post-Colonial Constructs By Van Meijl, Toon Oceania, Vol. 65, No. 4, June 1995
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Painted Histories: Early Maori Figurative Painting By Roger Neich Auckland University Press, 1993
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