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Best, Elsdon 1856-1931

Overview
Works: 324 works in 1,168 publications in 3 languages and 7,786 library holdings
Genres: Folklore  History  Games  Music  Tanka  Genealogy  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Composer
Classifications: GN667.N9, 572.9931
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Most widely held works about Elsdon Best
 
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The Maori as he was: a brief account of Maori life as it was in pre-European days by Elsdon Best( Book )

50 editions published between 1924 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 583 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 )

44 editions published between 1922 and 1986 in English and held by 338 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 )

36 editions published between 1925 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 321 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 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is an enduring tribute to the work of the late Elsdon Best (1856–1931) that there is a continuing demand for his many published works on Maori life and custom. He was indeed the one writer among 19th century students who made a systematic attempt to cover the whole field, and his intimate knowledge enabled him to achieve a great measure of success. Includes chapters on the Maori year, months of the Maori year, nights of the moon, names of seasons and terms employed to denote time
Some aspects of Maori myth and religion by Elsdon Best( Book )

37 editions published between 1922 and 2010 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comparatively brief paper offering a general sketch of Maori cosmogony, anthropogeny and religion
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 )

28 editions published between 1942 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fishing methods and devices of the Māori by Elsdon Best( Book )

30 editions published between 1929 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

36 editions published between 1923 and 1996 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

E-Book created by the Knowledge Basket. Māori education system
The Maori by Elsdon Best( Book )

20 editions published between 1924 and 2011 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maori religion and mythology by Elsdon Best( Book )

18 editions published between 1924 and 2005 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

29 editions published between 1923 and 2005 in English and held by 278 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 263 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 )

27 editions published between 1916 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 249 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 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

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

Tūhoe, the children of the mist : a sketch of the origin, history, myths, and beliefs of the Tūhoe tribe of the Māori of New Zealand ; with some account of other early tribes of the Bay of Plenty district by Elsdon Best( Book )

9 editions published between 1972 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 150 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 )

25 editions published between 1924 and 2005 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Maori canoe : an account of various types of vessels used by the Maori 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 historiador neozelandés

Elsdon Best historicus uit Nieuw-Zeeland (1856-1931)

Бест, Элсдон

Languages
English (639)

Maori (1)

French (1)

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The Maori canoe : an account of various types of vessels used by the Maori 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