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Best, Elsdon 1856-1931

Overview
Works: 312 works in 1,107 publications in 3 languages and 7,832 library holdings
Genres: Folklore  History  Games  Music  Genealogy  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Composer
Classifications: GN667.N9, 572.9931
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Most widely held works by Elsdon Best
The Maori as he was: a brief account of Maori life as it was in pre-European days by Elsdon Best( Book )

46 editions published between 1924 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The want of a brief account of Maori folk of New Zealand, of their ancient customs, beliefs, institutions, and industries has been long felt. Inquiries for such a work are frequently made. It is therefore hoped that this condensed account of the Maori as he was will serve the above-mentioned demand. The aim has been to touch on all phases of Maori life in pre-European days, and albeit detailed descriptions are impossible in so small a work, yet the reader will be enabled to picture Maori life as it was in neolithic times."--Preface p. [v]
Spiritual and mental concepts of the Maori by Elsdon Best( Book )

42 editions published between 1922 and 1986 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Māori division of time by Elsdon Best( Book )

31 editions published between 1922 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Māori agriculture : the cultivated food plants of the natives of New Zealand, with some account of native methods of agriculture, its ritual and origin myths by Elsdon Best( Book )

32 editions published between 1925 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some aspects of Maori myth and religion by Elsdon Best( Book )

37 editions published between 1922 and 2010 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Maori school of learning : its objects, methods, and ceremonial by Elsdon Best( Book )

34 editions published between 1923 and 1996 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

E-Book created by the Knowledge Basket. Māori education system
Fishing methods and devices of the Māori by Elsdon Best( Book )

29 editions published between 1929 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Forest lore of the Maori : with methods of snaring, trapping, and preserving birds and rats, uses of berries, roots, fern-root, and forest products, with mythological notes on origins, karakia used, etc. by Elsdon Best( Book )

25 editions published between 1942 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maori religion and mythology by Elsdon Best( Book )

20 editions published between 1924 and 2005 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Maori by Elsdon Best( Book )

20 editions published between 1924 and 2011 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Polynesian voyagers: the Maori as a deep-sea navigator, explorer, & colonizer by Elsdon Best( Book )

28 editions published between 1923 and 2005 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Games and pastimes of the Māori : an account of various exercises, games and pastimes of the natives of New Zealand, as practised in former times : including some information concerning their vocal and instrumental music by Elsdon Best( Book )

34 editions published between 1925 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Military exercises & games viewed as useful training (School of arms = Para whakawai ; Wrestling = Whatoto, Takaro mamau ; Boxing = Whawhai mekemeke ; Jumping = Kairerere, Takaro tupeke ; Foot racing = Takaro omaoma, Ti rakau ; Slinging = Tipao, Kotaha ; Tree climbing, etc. = Piki rakau) Tipao, Kotaha ; Tree climbing, etc. = Piki rakau) -- Aquatic games & pastimes (Swimming = Kau whakataetae ; Surf riding = Whakaheke ngaru ; The water jump = Kokiri, Ruku ; The waterside swing = Moari, Morere ; Canoe racing = Waka hoehoe). Games requiring agility or manual dexterity (Jackstones = Koruru ; Dart throwing = Toro teka, Ti ringa ; Cats cradle = Whai patokotoko ; Posture dances = Haka) -- Games & pastimes requiring calculation, mental alertness or memorising powers (Draughts = Mu torere ; Riddles, etc. = Kai ; Word play, etc. = Rotarota ; Story telling = Korero tara). Games & pastimes of children (Kite flying = Manu tukutuku ; Stilt walking = Pou toti ; Tobogganing = Horua, Reti ; Swinging = Tarere, Pioi ; Skipping = Piu ; Top spinning = Ta potaka ; Hoops = Pirori ; Hide & seek = Taupunipuni, Wi, Tatau manawa, Poroteteke, Topa or Koke ; Jumping jack = Karetao ; Stone bowls = Upokotiti, Tarakoekoea, Hapi tawa, Kura-winiwini) -- Introduced games -- Maori songs & Maori singing -- Musical instruments -- List of Maori games, toys, musical instruments
Māori storehouses and kindred structures : houses, platforms, racks, and pits used for storing food, etc. by Elsdon Best( Book )

26 editions published between 1916 and 2014 in English and French and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elsdon Best was a prolific recorder of pre-European Maori social life and material culture. His was a lifelong project underpinned by a belief that Maori were a people under threat from extinction, yet by the time of his death in 1931 Best's work had assumed new importance as it informed a Maori cultural renaissance. Today, the Elsdon Best books are accepted as classic studies. They remain a uniquely valuable record of traditional Maori culture, social customs and beliefs
The pa Maori : an account of the fortified villages of the Maori in pre-European and modern times, illustrating methods of defence by means of ramparts, fosses, scarps and stockades by Elsdon Best( Book )

28 editions published between 1927 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The stone implements of the Māori by Elsdon Best( Book )

22 editions published between 1912 and 2014 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Māori religion and mythology : being an account of the cosmogony, anthropogeny, religious beliefs and rites, magic and folk lore of the Māori folk of New Zealand by Elsdon Best( Book )

23 editions published between 1976 and 2006 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Māori canoe : an account of various types of vessels used by the Māori of New Zealand in former times, with some description of those of the isles of the Pacific, and a brief account of the peopling of New Zealand
Alternative Names
Elsdon Best historicus uit Nieuw-Zeeland (1856-1931)

Бест, Элсдон

Languages
English (609)

Maori (1)

French (1)

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The Māori canoe : an account of various types of vessels used by the Māori of New Zealand in former times, with some description of those of the isles of the Pacific, and a brief account of the peopling of New Zealand