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David Schuster Roger Batz Sociology 320 Indigenous Cultures The Maori Maori Development: Past and Future We studied the Maori Culture in New Zealand fro the last four weeks in our Sociology class, and I thought it was interesting to report about how the Maori's lived before the white settlers arrived. I wanted to know what changed in the way of agriculture, fishing and sort of other things. Even though much of the ancient culture traits have disappeared, there are still enough information's that made it very interesting to research. The Maori's, from my point of view, never stopped developing themselves by the years. From the first time they sat foot on New Zealand, until the time the white settler's came, they changed their way of live many times. I thought that was very interesting and therefore a good reason to find out how much they have adapted themselves to the white settlers. Many of my sources came form different Sociology and Anthropology magazines, which gave me very, detailed information's about my topics. ...read more.


The Philippines have at least 2500 shore fish species, and although diversity declines eastward, there are still more than 900 species in Samoa and over 400 species in Hawaii. New Zealand has only about 150 shore fish species."3 Even though the Maori lived of such a few species of fish, it was the main source of food. The little diversity was not only the problem the Maori's were facing. Weather and sea conditions generally, but especially in southern New Zealand and the Cook Islands were often dangerous for small crafts, this therefore discouraged the fishing expeditions far from land or staying out overnight. This is evidence why the Maori could have never been originally being whale fishers. If their little canoes were not even made to hold a good storm, how were they able to hold a furious, harpooned whale? Micheal King made and wrote a picture book of the Maori. This was our main textbook for the last part of our term. In there he showed various pictures of Maori and white fishers working on huge whales that were dragged into a bay. ...read more.


The Maori's horticulture or agriculture was important from the first Maori's that settled New Zealand. Nevertheless, it was not as exploded. It got a very big hit toward advancement when the settlers arrived. With the intermarriage of sailors with Maori women, they also introduced European crops like corn and many others. In the same book from Michel King, which I earlier mentioned, he also describes Maori's way of horticulture and agriculture. "Because whaling was seasonal, most stations organized subsistence agriculture activities to support whalers at other times of the year. Inevitably they began to marry women and Maoris of both sexes worked in the settlements that grew up around stations."8 The time past and the Maoris had to adapt themselves to the drastic change. They realized that they were expelled of their country and so they had to change their traditional way of live. They became sharecroppers. "Most of their good land got bought or taken from them, denied access to the government assistance given Pakeha farmers for land development, Maoris in most parts of the country could barely produce sufficient meat, grain, vegetables and fruits to feed themselves."9 1 Anderson 2 Anderson 3 Anderson 4 King 5 http://www.starfish.gov.nz/social/facts/factstraditional-maori.htm#fisheries_conservation 6 Wilson 7 Wilson 8 King 9 King ...read more.

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