Philip Simpson's Totara: A Natural and Cultural History PDF

By Philip Simpson

ISBN-10: 1869408195

ISBN-13: 9781869408190

A ask yourself of evolution, the large tree of the woodland, the wooden in the back of Maori carving and Pakeha fence posts: the ‘mighty totara’ is New Zealand’s tree and this booklet tells its story.

The ‘mighty totara’ is one among our such a lot remarkable timber. one of the greatest and oldest timber within the New Zealand woodland, the guts of Maori carving and tradition, trailing no. eight cord as fence posts on settler farms, clambered up within the Pureora protests of the Eighties: the tale of latest Zealand might be advised via totara.

Simpson tells that tale like no one else may possibly. In phrases and photographs, via waka and leaves, farmers and carvers, he's taking us deep contained in the timber: their botany and evolution, their function in Maori existence and lore, their makes use of through Pakeha, and their present prestige in our surroundings and tradition. by means of doing so, Simpson illuminates the wildlife and the tale of Maori and Pakeha during this country.

Our biggest timber, the kauri Tane Mahuta and the totara Pouakani, are either regarded as round a thousand years previous. They have been the following earlier than we people have been and their kinfolk shall be right here once we are long gone. Totara has been valuable to lifestyles during this nation for hundreds of thousands of years. This booklet tells an excellent tree’s tale, and that's our tale too.

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