The First Migration by Atholl Anderson is a BWB Text drawn from his chapters in Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History, published by Bridget Williams Books in 2014 and a winner at this week's Ockham Book Awards.
Professor Anderson shows how Māori oral traditions of the waka their ancestors came in have been illuminated by radiocarbon dating, genetic analysis, paleoanthropology and other scientific techniques.
He also discusses how oral tradition and whakapapa can offer reliable accounts of the past, where a focus on place and person builds a historical narrative that can be passed on from generation to generation.
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