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- DescriptionNative identity is usually associated with a particular place. But what if that place is the ocean? Once Were Pacific explores this question as it considers how M ori and other Pacific peoples frame their connection to the ocean, to New Zealand, and to each other through various creative works. M ori scholar Alice Te Punga Somerville shows how and when M ori and other Pacific peoples articulate their ancestral history as migratory seafarers, drawing their identity t only from land but also from water.Although M ori are ethnically Polynesian, and Aotearoa New Zealand is clearly a part of the Pacific region, in New Zealand the terms M ori and Pacific are colloquially applied to two distinct communities: M ori are Indigeus, and Pacific refers to migrant communities from elsewhere in the region. Asking how this distinction might blur historical and contemporary connections, Te Punga Somerville interrogates the relationship between indigeneity, migration, and diaspora, focusing on texts: poetry, fiction, theater, film, and music, viewed alongside historical instances of performance, journalism, and scholarship.In this sustained treatment of the M ori diaspora, Te Punga Somerville provides the first critical analysis of relationships between Indigeus and migrant communities in New Zealand.
- Author BiographyAlice Te Punga Somerville (Te tiawa) is senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, where she teaches M ori, Pacific, and Indigenous writing in English.
- Author(s)Alice Te Punga Somerville
- PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Date of Publication11/04/2012
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationMinnesota
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Content Note1 b&w photo
- Weight340 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine20 mm
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