Purakau- Maori Myths Retold

Edited by: Witi Ihimaera and Whiti Hereaka
Image result for 9780143772965Location: NF 398.993 
Genre:  Maori myths and legends

Many years ago I read the classic A.W.Reeds Maori myths and legends book, I was transfixed by these amazing stories, and living near Mount Pirongia all of a sudden became a scary thing!
I am so thrilled that a modern retelling  by contemporary authors has occurred so our kids can be as transfixed as I was. Next weekend is a bush hike day for us, I think we will meander up Pirongia- in the day time only!

A lively, stimulating and engaging retelling of purakau - Maori myths - by contemporary Maori writers. 
Ka mua, ka muri . . .
Ancient Maori creation myths, portrayals of larger-than-life heroes and tales of engrossing magical beings have endured through the ages. Some hail back to Hawaiki, some are firmly grounded in New Zealand and its landscape. Through countless generations, the stories have been reshaped and passed on. This new collection presents a wide range of traditional myths that have been retold by some of our best Maori wordsmiths. The writers have added their own creativity, perspectives and sometimes wonderfully unexpected twists, bringing new life and energy to these rich, spellbinding and significant taonga.

Take a fresh look at Papatuanuku, a wild ride with Maui, or have a creepy encounter with Ruruhi-Kerepo, for these and many more mythical figures await you.

Explore the past, from it shape the future . . .

The contributors are: Jacqueline Carter, David Geary, Patricia Grace, Briar Grace-Smith, Whiti Hereaka, Keri Hulme, Witi Ihimaera, Kelly Joseph, Hemi, Kelly, Nic Low, Tina Makereti, Kelly Ana Morey, Paula Morris, Frazer Rangihuna, Renee, Robert Sullivan, Apirana Taylor, Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, Clayton Te Kohe, Hone Tuwhare, Briar Wood.


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