AMONG THE MAORIS (Evening Post, 28 October 1921)

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among the maoris museum ethnographical expedition an interesting report regarding an expedition to the wanganui river in march and april for the purpose of collecting ethnographical data photographs and dictaphone records was made at the annual meeting of the board of science and art on wednesday afternoon the expedition was madeby messrs elsdon best johannes andersen and j mac donald the acting director energies were devoted mainly to photographic work and partly to securing dictaphone records over 300 still photographs were taken and between 5000 ft and 6000 ft of cinematograph-film exposed on the work of the expedition mr elsdon best reported the field selec ted for operations was the wanganui valley and several weeks were spent at koriniti ijfcuharama and pipiriki in collecting ethnographical data the result was gratifying and is due to the extreme kindness displayed by the natives towards usthey not only treated us with great hospitality but also placed themselves at our disposal in regard to the obtaining of illustrations pertaining to old-time industries etc also they presented the museum with a number of native artifacts of an interesting nature so helpful indeed were these folk that to insert a list of the names of those who offered us generous aid would add seriously to the length of this report dr p buck joined us at koriniti and conducted further anthropometrical work also investigating thoroughly the manufacture of baskets mats etc in view of preparing monographs on these subjects a very large number of photographs were taken of old native games industries implements etc and also moving pictures of a number of manufacturing processes and other activities of pre-european life dictaphone records of native songs were obtained to the extent of over fifty cylinders and some interesting data were obtained as pertaining to old tribal and racial lore since our return letters have been sent to many of the natives thanking them for tions and much kindly assistance mr j c andersen reported that a number of new string figures were secured there were few of any great complexity but among them were interesting parallels with pacific and american figures the results being the same but the method of procedure different a number of string tricks was also secured some were the same as tricks known among the europeans some were quite new many of the figures gathered at gisborne and rotorua were known to the whanganui people but their names were quite different so a considerable addition had been made to the list of synonyms two typical songs connected with popular figures learned in other parts of the island were secured also two characteristic tui and tarikihi songs a great many records of other songs were obtained but they were not very varied in character they formed an important record however of the wanganui dialect and many were excellent examples of the characteristic and varied maori rhythm


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