From Cannibals to Master Carvers Book Review by OrangeRR

From Cannibals to Master Carvers
This paper is a review of the book "Counterpoint in Maori Culture" by Allan Hanson and Louise Hanson that examines the diverse Maori culture.
# 110145 | 1,808 words | 5 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 16, 2008 in Anthropology (Oceanic)

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The paper is an examination of the Maori culture as described in the book "Counterpoint in Maori Culture" by Hanson and Hanson. The writer declares that he chose this book because it was, in his opinion, the comprehensive examination of the Maori culture available which left little of classic Maori culture uncovered. The author of the paper discusses and examines aspects of Maori culture as they are presented in the book and then attempts to explain and evaluate the purpose of the book's authors and methods used by them in their research.

From the Paper:

"The research for Counterpoint in Maori Culture was conducted from 1976 to 1977 in New Zealand by the authors. It was an interesting and eventful time in United States history; supposedly the "summer of fun" even though there were serious and grievous incidences going on all over the world. Pro-Palestinian terrorists hijacked a Paris-bound Air France A-300 Airbus over Greece June 27. But it wasn't all bad, Andy Warhol was in full stride as he put out skull and portrait of Andy, two iconic artworks. Jimmy Carter beat Ford in the US Presidential race and pardoned all Vietnam War draft dodgers in his first day of office. I'm unclear as to how these and many other events affected the authors. I don't get the impression that they had any effect whatsoever, especially since the book doesn't incorporate either of the two authors personalities into the work."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allan and Louise Hanson1983 Counterpoint in Maori CultureLondon, Boston, Melbourne, and Henley: Routledge & Kegan PauPress.
  • Robert S. Ellwood1993 Islands of the DawnHonolulu: University of Hawaii Press
  • Gregory Schrempp1992 Magical ArrowsWisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press
  • Karen Sinclair2003 Maori Times, Maori PlacesNew York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.
  • J. Williams1998 Encyclopedia of World Cultures, Volume IIIDetroit: Gale Research

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