Matariki: The Star of the Year

Matariki: The Star of the Year

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In mid-winter, Matariki rises in the pre-dawn sky, and its observation is celebrated with a vast number of events. The Matariki tradition has been re-established, and its regeneration coincides with a growing interest in Māori astronomy. Still, there remain some unanswered questions about how Matariki was traditionally observed. These include:

  • What is Matariki?
  • Why did Māori observe Matariki?
  • How did Māori traditionally celebrate Matariki?
  • When and how should Matariki be celebrated?

Based on research and interviews with Māori experts, this book seeks answers to these questions and explores what Matariki was in a traditional sense so it can be understood and celebrated in contemporary society.

A Māori-language edition is also available.

By Rangi Matamua

ISBN: 9781775503255

Dimension: 153 x 240 mm