TE RAKAU WHAKAPAPA – The Generation Stick – a story of courage


Te Rakau Whakapapa – The Generation Stick – a story of courage

Author Wikitoria Dansey

 
Te Rakau Whakapapa is a multi generational story of historical fiction, set in what is now known as the Bay of Plenty NZ, home of the Arawa and Mataatua peoples, depicts events typical of tikanga Māori, especially of te Arawa related and visiting tribes.
Each generation experiences the cycles of life (birth, marriage, death), crops and food gathering, illness and traditional remedies, intertribal war or trade, and interaction by later generations with European explorers, missionaries or settlers.
Ms Dansey has worked meticulously to balance fiction with accuracy when writing of people, customs, sonngs, rites of passage – while interspersing te Rēo Māori within the text. She has woven a story of a family line’s world of home, war, trade, trickery and love.
It is a literary piece, not light reading, but is comfortable to read, and fascinating to follow the family’s generations. I imagine readers of te Rēo, younger generation of tangata whenua, students of Māori literature and legend and those of Te Arawa and Mataatua finding this as a tāonga.

Published September 2013, Printer Dudfield Bryce, Rotorua New Zealand
ISBN 978-0-473-25602-9 (paperback)

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