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Book Event Kāwai by Monty Soutar
September 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hear from the author Monty Soutar at the Gisborne launch of Kāwai.
Please rsvp to Kim at email@example.com or call 06 867 9741
Tracing the author’s own ancestral line, Kawai: For Such a Time as This reveals a picture of an indigenous Aotearoa in the mid-18th century, through to the first encounters between Maori and Europeans. It describes a culture that is highly sophisticated with an immense knowledge of science, medicine and religion; proud tribes who live harmoniously within the natural world; a highly capable and adaptable people to whom family and legacy are paramount. However, it is also a culture illuminated by a brutal undercurrent of inter-generational vengeance, witchcraft and cannibalism.
Kawai: For Such a Time as This is the remarkable first novel by respected historian Dr. Monty Soutar, ONZM (Ngati Porou, Ngati Awa, Ngai Tai ki Tamaki, Ngati Kahungunu) in a series that reveals the role of colonisation in shaping Aotearoa New Zealand, balanced with an honest appraisal of the country in pre-colonial times.