Dominion Museum : Bulletin No 5, Maori Storehouses and Kindred Structures Houses, Platforms, Racks, and Pits Used for Storing Food, Etc (Classic Reprint)

Elsdon Best

Excerpt from Dominion Museum: Bulletin No 5, Maori Storehouses and Kindred Structures Houses, Platforms, Racks, and Pits Used for Storing Food, Etc The present work was commenced by Mr. Elsdon Best under the directorship of the late Mr. A. Hamilton, who had intended himself to write a section on Maori carving. This was, unfortunately, never completed, owing to his regrettable death, and it has fallen to Mr. Best to write this part also. The whole of the illustrations have been arranged by Mr. J. McDonald, some of them being copies of old prints, others diagrams from his own pen and brush, while the majority of the original photographs are also his work, but some are taken from old photographs by Mr. Hamilton. Unfortunately, the originals of this last group are unknown, and the source cannot be here acknowledged. This Bulletin is the fifth of the series, but is the second in which some division of Maori technology has been treated exhaustively, the first of these being Bulletin No. 4, on the Stone Implements of the Maori. It may be of interest to describe the methods adopted in securing the information which is being worked up in this series. In the first place all the writings of those in contact with the old-time Maori have been abstracted, and the matter thus acquired has been classified under headings arranged by Mr. Hamilton as follows: - Implements. Houses. Maori Pa. Canoes. Clothing and Ornaments. Woodcraft. Amusements. To this has been added the information acquired personally by Mr. Best during many years residence and intercourse with the least modernized Maori tribes. In working up this material and the actual specimens themselves Mr. Best has further obtained much information by correspondence with Maori scholars in all parts of the Dominion, and has further framed a large number of questions which are put to the few remaining old men of the Maori race who have preserved the old lore, whenever opportunity offers. In spite of the efforts made to exhaust the subject, it has already been found that the publication of such a monograph as that on the stone implements only serves to open up fresh sources of information, and it will be necessary in the future to publish supplementary papers in some suitable form. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.