Prophetic Histories: The People of the Maramatanga

Author(s): Karen Sinclair


Out of print. For over ninety years the Maramatanga has flourished in an arena protectedfrom the. curious eyes of Pakeha. All critical comment has taken place in Moari, a language that ensures privacy and inaccessibility ...In the complicated web of opposing moralities that is colonisation s legacy, the words of the prophet, echoing through the decades, continue to bring comfort. Maori prophetic movements from the late nineteenth century are widely known. Men such as Te Whiti, Te Kooti and Rua Kenana led their people through periods of despair and challenge. Some of their teachings continue today. Less well known is a movement founded early this century, based on the teachings ofMere Rikiriki, a prophetess from the Rangitikei River area whose words inspired both W. T. Ratana and Hori Enoka Mareikura. It is the work of Mareikura and his followers that this book discusses. Today the movement quietly continues, centred on the Ruapehu district. The prophetic sayings of Mareikura and other voices guide the lives of the people of the Maramatanga. Their work is recently associated with the Maori renaissance; their belief is closely linked to the Catholic church; their main purpose is one of spiritual adherence. Karen Sinclair has spent thirty years working with the people of the Maramatanga. From oral histories, documents, and songs, she has carefully recorded some of the key parts of their story .Prophetic Histories is an account written for the movement itself, with the purpose of also informing a wider readership. It records some of the paths by which Maori traverse their own land (and landscape) in post- colonial New Zealand. Karen Sinclair is Professor of Anthropology at Eastern Michigan University and graduate of Brown University in the US. Her work on the Maramatanga movement began in 1972, when she was a PhD student. During the course of her visits to New Zealand, which connected her to several generations, she was invited to write this story.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781877242922
  • : Bridget Williams Books
  • : Bridget Williams Books
  • : July 2002
  • : 230x160mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Karen Sinclair
  • : Paperback
  • : very good
  • : 300