Manu Māori: Bird Legends and Customs (Book & CD)
Manu Māori: Bird Legends and Customs By Murdoch Riley (Book Includes Hirini Melbournes ‘Forest & Ocean’ CD)
Bird legends and customs is a book that describes the status of birds in the Māori world, their connection with the gods, how birds were caught in traditional times, snaring and preserving birds for winter consumption etc. Their importance is emphasised by the various stories and rituals that engaged a pantheon of gods of the highest rank who dwelt at Hawaiki, the spiritual homeland.
With accompanying CD “Forest and Ocean” Bird & other songs composed and sung by Hirini Melbourne.