In this Book

Once Were Pacific
summary

Native identity is usually associated with a particular place. But what if that place is the ocean? Once Were Pacific explores this question as it considers how Māori and other Pacific peoples frame their connection to the ocean, to New Zealand, and to each other through various creative works. Māori scholar Alice Te Punga Somerville shows how and when Māori and other Pacific peoples articulate their ancestral history as migratory seafarers, drawing their identity not only from land but also from water.

Although Māori are ethnically Polynesian, and Aotearoa New Zealand is clearly a part of the Pacific region, in New Zealand the terms “Māori” and “Pacific” are colloquially applied to two distinct communities: Māori are Indigenous, and “Pacific” refers to migrant communities from elsewhere in the region. Asking how this distinction might blur historical and contemporary connections, Te Punga Somerville interrogates the relationship between indigeneity, migration, and diaspora, focusing on texts: poetry, fiction, theater, film, and music, viewed alongside historical instances of performance, journalism, and scholarship.

In this sustained treatment of the Māori diaspora, Te Punga Somerville provides the first critical analysis of relationships between Indigenous and migrant communities in New Zealand.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. ii-v
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-ix
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Ngā Mihi: Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction: Māori and the Pacific
  2. pp. xv-xxx
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Part I. Tapa: Aotearoa in the Pacific Region
  2. pp. 1-10
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 1. Māori People in Pacific Spaces
  2. pp. 11-36
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2. Pacific-Based Māori Writers
  2. pp. 37-59
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 3. Aotearoa-Based Maori Writers
  2. pp. 61-80
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Realm of Tapa
  2. pp. 81-87
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Part II. Koura: The Pacific in Aotearoa
  2. pp. 89-100
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 4. Māori–Pasifika Collaborations
  2. pp. 101-121
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5. “It’s Like That with Us Maoris”: Māori Write Connections
  2. pp. 123-137
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 6. Manuhiri, Fānau: Pasifika Write Connections
  2. pp. 139-153
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 7. When Romeo Met Tusi: Disconnections
  2. pp. 155-175
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Realm of Koura
  2. pp. 177-189
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Conclusion: E Kore Au e Ngaro
  2. pp. 190-211
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Epilogue: A Time and a Place
  2. pp. 213-215
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 217-248
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Publication History
  2. pp. 249-250
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-265
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 267-267
  3. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.