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COLENSO William 1882. On the fine perception of colours possessed by the ancient Māoris. Transactions of the New Zealand Institute 14 : 50 -76
AUTHOR: COLENSO William
PUBLICATION DATE: 1882
TITLE: On the fine perception of colours possessed by the ancient Māoris
PUBLISHER: Transactions of the New Zealand Institute.
NOTES: Colour sense of Māori finely tuned. Natural objects, phenomena (e.g. fish shoals, flaxes, weather patterns) distinguished by their hue. Māori, for example, distinguished various flesh tints of different kinds of kūmara and taro when cooked, and had words for the various ripening phases of karaka and kahikatea berries. Favourite colours and use of colour described (e.g. in distinguishing forest trees, in weaving). Dyeing processes described. Description of materials used in house built for Colenso by master craftsmen. Appendix gives a paradigm of the word whero (red).
LINK WORDS: Typha, raupō, harakeke, tōtara, pīngao, toetoe, wild food, flax, kiekie, Cortaderia, Colocasia, Desmoschoenus, Ipomoea, Leptocarpus, dyes, Phormium, Freycinetia, Podocarpus, Apodasmia
RECORD NUMBER: 1955