Author(s): Mihipeka Edwards
One of the most distinctive, spine-tingling sounds of Aotearoa New Zealand is the call onto the marae, the karanga. This third instalment of Aunty Mihi's story reveals her understandings of spiritual and cultural matters, especially the rituals of the karanga. Now 84, Aunty Mihi's new book is a rich source of knowledge and insight into treasures of our country.
Mihipeka's first book in 1990 was reprinted three times. It gave frank insights into the world of a Maori woman. Through these books Aunty Mihi became known nationally; her work is appreciated both by Maori and those learning about Maori.
Already well-known for her books Mihipeka: Early Years and Mihipeka: Time of Turmoil - Nga Wa Raruraru in which she revealed much of the pain of being Maori in a Pakeha dominated society, Aunty Mihi now explains her growing need to embrace and pass on her heritage.
She shares the thoughts and feelings of a Maori kuia and gives insights into the deep significance of the karanga she delivers. Her book is a passionate call to value Papatunuku the earth, our cultures - and each other.