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Name/Title Article; 'HOKIOI, HOKIOI!' A folktale and a suggestion.
Primary Maker Cowan, James
Production Date 01 Sep 1941
Object Type Ephemera
Classification Journal/Book/Other Documents/Documentary Artifacts/08 Communication Artifacts/Nomenclature
Department Tangata Whenua
Brief Description Article; 'HOKIOI, HOKIOI!' A folktale and a suggestion. This page was ripped from the journal, National Education, Sept 1, 1941, pg 289 and was later found folded and interleaved in a copy of ‘Te Hokioi e Rere Atu Na’. Cowan’s article talks about the legendary Hokioi, (also known as Haast's eagle) a bird of omen to Maori whose call if heard over a pa or village, signalled that war was imminent. A year before the Land Wars began, the King Movement decided it needed a publication for their own supporting their cause, and produced ‘Te Hokioi e Rere Atu Na’, named after the bird.

James Cowan (1870-1943) grew up in East Tamaki on land confiscated from Maori during the Wars, a period that was to inform his lifelong fascination with Maori and colonial history. A fluent speaker of Maori, Cowan pursued a career as a journalist publishing in numerous newspapers, magazines and journals over the years. However, it was his continuing interest in Maori history that led to his most notable works, the two-volume ‘The New Zealand wars: a history of the Maori campaigns and the pioneering period’. Over his career as a writer Cowan published over 30 books on various topics but the subject that was most consistently covered was his love of all things Maori.
Measurements 276 x 215mm
Media/Materials Printed and formatted text on paper.
Production Period Mid/20th Century
Production Place New Zealand
Collection Trust Waikato Art and Taonga Collection/Tangata Whenua
Signature & Date None
Subject Object Te Hikioi
King Movement
Accession Date 13 Jun 2000
Acquisition Method Gift
Credit Line Trust Waikato Art and Taonga Collection
Accession No 2000/4/2
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