Pounamu Pounamu by Witi IhimaeraPounamu Pounamu is classic Ihimaera. First published om 1972, it was immediately endorsed by Maori and Pakeha alike for its original stories that showed how important Maori identity is for all New Zealanders. As Katherine Mansfield did in her first collection In a German Pension (1911), and Janet Frame in The Lagoon (1951), Witi Ihimaera explores in Pounamu Pounamu what it is like to be a New Zealander - but from a Maori perspective. The seeds of Ihimaeras later works are first introduced in this ground-breaking collection- The Whale Rider in his story The Whale, The Rope of Man in Tangi, and the character of Simeon form Bulibasha, King of the Gypsies in One Summer Morning; and the themes of aroha (love), whanaungatanga (kinship) and manaakitanga (supporting each other), which are so intergral to Ihimaeras work.
Witi (Tame) Ihimaera Biography
Nationality: New Zealander. Born: Gisborne, Auckland, Viking, ; New York, Viking, Wellington, Friends of the Turnbull Library, Editor, with D.
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Witi Ihimaera is charming, possibly even to the people who were very snarky about his astounding plagiarism in The Trowenna Sea. That was This is , a very good year for Ihimaera. White Lies, a film from his novella Medicine Woman, is about to be launched, and a revised version of the story has just been published. He's done it before. Maori carvers return to their work, he reasons, why not writers?