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The allure of maps rests not only in their beauty but in the ways they make sense of things, revealing patterns and capturing complex information. In Singing the Trail: The Story of Mapping Aotearoa New Zealand John McCrystal shows and tells how we have gone about visually determining our place in the world: Polynesian and Māori settlers referred to waypoints in chants, waiata, karakia, and stories; centuries later Abel Tasman drew a map, then James Cook drew another as he circumnavigated the country with the Ra’iātea navigator and priest Tupaia, who also produced a map of the vast Moana-nui-a-Kiwa. Surveyors, explorers, and politicians were soon plotting the country’s internal cartography, often alienating land from Māori in the process. He presents a visual history.

Supported by Friends of the Turnbull Library.

Fri, 15 May 2020

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