History (455)

Te Awa Atua : Menstruation In The Pre-Colonial Maori World

ISBN: 9780473259662

Author: Ngahuia Murphy    Publisher: He Puna Manawa

Te Awa Atua is a ground-breaking study of menstruation in pre-colonial Maori society. Many early ethnographic accounts of menstrual rites were distorted beyond ...


Te Awa Atua is a ground-breaking study of menstruation in pre-colonial Maori society. Many early ethnographic accounts of menstrual rites were distorted beyond recognition by the colonial lens of their authors, yet their misinterpretations continue to be accepted as authoritative. This book is a challenge to that authority. By examining stories about menstruation located in Maori cosmologies, tribal histories, oral literatures, ceremonies and rites, Ngahuia Murphy argues that menstruation was seen as a medium of whakapapa (genealogy) that connected Maori women to their pantheon of atua (deities). Ancient rites, recorded in tribal songs and chants, reveal that menstrual blood was used for psychic and spiritual protection. These examples unveil striking indigenous constructs of womanhood that radically challenge notions of female inferiority and menstrual pollution.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 180


Dimensions: 160 x 225 mm


$35.00
A Young Man's Antarctic Discovery

ISBN: 9780473644178

Author: Maureen Lee   

Diary of New Zealander Clarence Hare on Captain Scott's First Expedition 1901. A likeable young Christchurch man talks his way into joining Robert Falcon Scott'...


Diary of New Zealander Clarence Hare on Captain Scott's First Expedition 1901. A likeable young Christchurch man talks his way into joining Robert Falcon Scott's Discovery expedition to remote Antarctica. Also on board as the ship departs New Zealand: 46 men, 25 dogs, 3 cats and 50 sheep. Clarence (Clarry) Hare's diary, now being published for the first time, records life on a small wooden ship in sub-zero temperatures without modern comforts, and includes a thrilling account of being lost in a blizzard for 46 hours.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 173


Publication Date: 27-09-2022


Tags: October 2022   History   Travel   Biography
$39.99
Ahuahu: A conservation journey in Aotearoa New Zealand

ISBN: 9781988503264

Author: David Towns    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

Aotearoa New Zealand is renowned among biologists worldwide for spectacular ecological restoration work over the last 50 years, through advances in pest eradica...


Aotearoa New Zealand is renowned among biologists worldwide for spectacular ecological restoration work over the last 50 years, through advances in pest eradication and native species translocation. This book documents the development of these world-leading technologies. It uses examples from throughout the country, but has a special focus on one island group – the Mercury islands off Coromandel, of which Ahuahu (Great Mercury Island) is the largest. The story is told through the eyes of pioneer conservation biologist David Towns, who was there from the start. It is a story of triumphs and setbacks, of opportunity and innovation, of teamwork and emerging bicultural collaboration. Today, all seven islands of the Mercury group are free of mammalian pests, providing a haven to native plants and animals. This book is the story of how that was made possible.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 384


Dimensions: 210 x 280 x 15 mm


Publication Date: 16-01-2023


$79.99
Abandoned 2nd Edition

ISBN: 9780764364365

Author: Eric Holubow    Publisher: Schiffer Books

In an expanded and updated edition, photographer Eric Holubow captures the melancholy, haunting beauty of decaying structures across the US. Across the United S...


In an expanded and updated edition, photographer Eric Holubow captures the melancholy, haunting beauty of decaying structures across the US. Across the United States, decaying ruins of once-thriving structures lie dormant and forgotten as time and nature leave their melancholy mark. Yet through this deterioration is an undeniable and haunting beauty, which Holubow skillfully captures. In this second edition, additional photos bring new stories and stirring sights to life. Centered in the Rust Belt but spanning the entire country, this photographic journey evokes the erosion of important parts of history. From big cities to small towns, breath-taking images of over 100 sites recall the faded glory of factories, churches, theatres, prisons, and power plants. Arranged according to the functions these buildings served working, living, learning, healing, playing, praying. Abandoned is a memento mori for industries, communities, and empires. Through rubble and rot, broken glass and clinging ivy, long-forgotten and forsaken corners of the country emerge as reminders of the fate that they and everything we know will eventually share.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 272


Dimensions: 305 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 22-11-2022


$140.00
Horology

ISBN: 9780764363924

Author: Barry Kaplan    Publisher: Schiffer Books

This beautifully illustrated volume presents an in-depth look at horology, the scientific study of time and timekeeping. Brimming with more than 150 detailed an...


This beautifully illustrated volume presents an in-depth look at horology, the scientific study of time and timekeeping. Brimming with more than 150 detailed and full-color images, illustrations, charts, and technical drawings, it's a must-have for anyone interested in the art of watchmaking and watch design. But it's also much more. If you've ever wondered how watches work, or thought about how time influences our lives, then this book is also for you. It offers a comprehensive overview of watch styles, movements, complications, and parts, as well as the basics of starting and caring for a watch collection. A multifaceted study, it discusses the philosophy and measurement of time, the possibility of time travel, and the emergent smartwatch industry. A behind-the-scenes peek into the watch industry, plus pricing and market data, rounds out the contents. Readers will leave these pages with a newfound, renewed, or enhanced love of watchmaking, as well as an increased appreciation for the value of time.


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 203 x 254 mm


Publication Date: 29-11-2022


Tags: November 2022   Fashion   History
$79.99
Fleetwood Mac in Chicago

ISBN: 9780764364952

Author: Jeff Lowenthal    Publisher: Schiffer Books

A book showcasing the legendary Fleetwood Mac blues session at Chicago's Chess Studios in January 1969 Taken by the only photographer present, some of these pho...


A book showcasing the legendary Fleetwood Mac blues session at Chicago's Chess Studios in January 1969 Taken by the only photographer present, some of these photos were originally shown on the first release of the album recorded that day: Fleetwood Mac in Chicago. Now, for the first time, all of the color and black-and-white shots from that day are presented in one collection, including many that have never before been published. Along with founding Fleetwood Mac members Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, Jeremy Spencer, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie, the major Chicago blues musicians featured at the session, including Willie Dixon, Otis Spann, and Buddy Guy, are shown in high-quality images, created directly from the author's original negatives. Forewords by both producers present at the session, Mike Vernon MBE, and Marshall Chess, provide the setting for the music created that day. Also featured throughout the book are recollections by many of Fleetwood Mac's contemporaries, such as Kim Simmonds, Aynsley Dunbar, and Martin Barre, as well as a new interview with Buddy Guy. The resulting volume is sure to be a must-have that belongs on every fan's and collector's bookshelf.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 176


Dimensions: 215 x 279 mm


Publication Date: 28-11-2022


Tags: November 2022   History   Music
$89.99
The 100 Greatest Console Video Games

ISBN: 9780764364327

Author: Brett Weiss    Publisher: Schiffer Books

The best of the best in gaming from a single decade: 19881998! As most gamers know, this ten-year period is incredibly crucial. It was during this time that the...


The best of the best in gaming from a single decade: 19881998! As most gamers know, this ten-year period is incredibly crucial. It was during this time that the NES reached its zenith with such titles as Contra and Super Mario Bros. 3, the Sega Genesis blew everyone away with Sonic the Hedgehog, the Super Nintendo released to critical acclaim, the Sony PlayStation took video games to the next level, and the Nintendo 64 broke new ground with 3-D Mario and Zelda. Amazing! This book covers the era in great detail, with each game getting an in-depth essay that includes history, development info, nostalgic stories, and much more. The author wrote more than a dozen of the essays, with other writers and industry notables contributing essays on their favorite games as well. Finally, the follow-up to The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 19771987 is here!


Bind: hardback


Pages: 272


Dimensions: 175 x 260 mm


Publication Date: 29-11-2022


$89.99
Going The Distance : 100 years of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu The Correspondence School

ISBN: 9780473616298

Author: Gael Woods    Publisher: Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu 2022

From a sole teacher to New Zealand’s largest school, Going the Distance tells the 100-year story of how a correspondence scheme, a “doubtful experiment” b...


From a sole teacher to New Zealand’s largest school, Going the Distance tells the 100-year story of how a correspondence scheme, a “doubtful experiment” became the Department of Education’s Correspondence School and later through a series of remarkable transformations - Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, which now enrols more than 25,000 students a year and is the country’s largest Māori school. The Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, has described Te Kura’s work with the country’s most vulnerable students as one of the great untold stories of the New Zealand education system. Back in 1922, the first teacher, Miss Janet MacKenzie, was expecting to enrol about 25 “backblocks”students, but such was the clamour for education that the numbers rocketed with 100 on the roll by the time lessons began. By the end of the year, there were almost 350 pupils, with every lesson, every correction, every letter to pupil and parent handwritten by the sole teacher. The book follows the school’s history through the appointments of several headmasters, all of whom were determined that the pupils should have a “real school”. They held exhibitions of students work (attended by many dignitaries of the day), formed a multitude of clubs, established a museum, built an extensive library, sent out teachers into isolated districts. These visiting teacher reached their remote pupils through an astonishing range of transport, including by dinghy, horseback and on gun carriers. Residential schools were also held every year where the “corrie kids” would spend a month with their schoolmates, who they got to know through the pages of their annual magazine, the Postman. A lot of the story is related by the pupils themselves in the prose and verse they contributed to the Postman, from 1928 to 2002. There are also many comments and descriptions of the school through annual reports, in speeches by Governors General, Prime Ministers from Michael Joseph Savage to David Lange, as well as Ministers of Education, and Government agencies. In the book’s foreword, the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, a former Te Kura student herself, says Going the Distance is not only a history of the school and the New Zealand education, but is also the story of how New Zealanders lived in times past, what they thought about, what was important to them, and even what they laughed about. And she says it tells how Te Kura has been called on in times of national crises, such as the devastating polio epidemics of the 1940s right up to providing its expertise in online learning during the COVID-19 global pandemic. For its first 60 years, the school was truly a national icon – a model of innovative educational programmes, a national broadcaster of educational programmes, and a provider of lessons to a broad range of students from early childhood to adults. However, the school’s fortunes begin to change dramatically in the 1980s. Its traditional base of remote children declined, and a new student profile began to dominate - students, alienated, often expelled, from their own school, often Māori, and most problematically, a type of student least suited to learn on their own through distance education. The school said it had been given a major social problem by government agencies without the additional resourcing needed to do the job, and was then criticised publicly by other branches of the government for failing to achieve the impossible. For many years the school struggled to find a solution, and it wasn’t until the appointment of the current CE Mike Hollings that the school – now Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu – has been able to tackle “the impossible”. In the words of the latest ERO report on Te Kura (December 2021), it has raised the achievement of the most vulnerable and “at risk” ākonga (student) and at a time when increasing numbers of rangatahi (young people) are falling out of the education system. Te Kura has been part of the education system in Aotearoa New Zealand for 100 years. Just as it was crucial in its early years, providing lessons to those unable to access schooling, today it is providing the opportunity to tens of thousands of students who would otherwise miss out on an education. Te Kura is just as relevant – and needed – all these years later.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 252


Dimensions: 210 x 298 mm


Publication Date: 30-09-2022


$49.95
Aftermaths: Colonialism Violence and Memory in Australia New Zealand and the Pacific

ISBN: 9781990048449

Author: Wanhalla et el    Publisher: Otago University Press

Aftermaths explores the life-changing intergenerational effects of colonial violence in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. The settings of these a...


Aftermaths explores the life-changing intergenerational effects of colonial violence in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. The settings of these accessible, illustrated short essays range from Ōrākau pā in the Waikato to the Kimberleys in northwest Australia, from orphanages in Fiji to the ancestral lands of the Wiyot Tribe in Northern California. Story by story, this collection powerfully reveals the living legacy of historical events, showing how they have been remembered (and misremembered) within families and communities into the present day.


Bind: paperback


Dimensions: 170 x 240 x 20 mm


Publication Date: 14-04-2023


Tags: Education   History   NZ (History)   New Zealand
$50.00
Atlas of Dream Lands

ISBN: 9780764365942

Author: Dominique Lanni    Publisher: Schiffer Books

keepsake collection of maps depicting legendary and real places for the lover of literature, history, and cartography. This exploration of the "Mythical Elsewhe...


keepsake collection of maps depicting legendary and real places for the lover of literature, history, and cartography. This exploration of the "Mythical Elsewhere" explores a wide array of places, from the well known to the obscure, through the eyes of historians, explorers, conquerors, and writers across the ages. Lose yourself in the past as you travel to such destinations as Troy, the Mughal Empire, the Congo, the river Nile, El Dorado, and many more across the globe: Europe: Candia, Kythira, Ogygia, Troy Asia: Cathay, Cipangu, Colchis, the Mughal Empire, Golconda, Kafiristan, the Land of the Cimmerians, Taprobana, Tartary Africa: Barbary Coas, Cape Bojador, Congo, Meroe, Mutapa, the Land of the Mangbetu, Prester John's Kingdom, the Kingdom of Saba', the Source of the River Nile, the Lands of Good Hope The Americas: Araucania, Cibola, El Dorado, the Land of the Amazons, Tierra del Fuego Southern Lands: New Cythera, Terra Australis the Edge of the World: the Isles of the Blessed, the Garden of the Hesperides, Lemuria, Thule Accompanied by this unique atlas and the great explorers of antiquity and Renaissance as well as poets, scholars, and novelists of all eras, readers will embark on a poetic exploration of the world. Let such greats as Herodotus, Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, and Heinrich Schliemann be your guide on this journey to dreamlike places that are sometimes imagined and imaginary but, to those who believe, always "perfectly real."" It's a trip you will never forget. AUTHOR: Ethnologist and anthropologist Dominique Lanni holds a PhD in French language and literature from the Sorbonne in Paris. He is a lecturer at the University of Malta, specialising in the representations of otherness in the classical era. Karin Doering-Froger is an illustrator who puts her passion for art into practice by fostering talented young artists. SELLING POINTS: . A book for lovers of maps, literature, imaginary places, and real places that have become legendary over time . Features detailed maps of each place, accompanied by researched texts describing its place in history or literature 53 illustrated maps


Bind: hardback


Pages: 144


Dimensions: 190 x 266 mm


Publication Date: 28-02-2023


$69.99
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