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In this, her most ambitious book to date, Dame Anne Salmond explores the idea of New Zealand as a place where multiple worlds engage and collide. Beginning with an inquiry into the early encounters between Māori and Europeans in New Zealand (1769-1840), she then investigates such clashes and exchanges in four key areas of contemporary life – waterways, land, the sea, and people.
We live in a world of gridded maps, Outlook calendars, and balance sheets, making it seem that this is the nature of reality. But in New Zealand, concepts of whakapapa and hau, complex networks and reciprocal exchange, may point to new ways of understanding interactions between people and the natural world. Like our ancestors, Salmond suggests, we, too, may have a chance to experiments across worlds.
Dame Anne Salmond is Distinguished Professor of Māori Studies at the University of Auckland. Her books include The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas (2003), Aphrodite's Island: The European discovery of Tahiti (2007), and Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas (2011). In 2013, she became New Zealander of the Year, and recipient of the Royal Society of New Zealand's Rutherford Medal.
Tears of Rangi: Experiments across worlds, by Anne Salmond.
Published by Auckland University Press. Hardback, illustrated, 511 pages.