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HISTORY 202 Critical Review Potiki Laura Tongi 1006674 June 16 1999 Professor Inglis Brigham Young University -Hawaii Campus Potiki Land to many of us is a place of growth and development When the Pakeha or white man saw the fertile land of New Zealand he saw opportunity and investment to make more money But did the Pakeha really know what land is to those who live as though their land is everything they had Of course they must have known that land is precious to them but did they realize just how precious land was to the Maoris Land was life to the Maori people and if it was destroyed it meant that the land needed to be renewed with new life The land and life was sacred and immortal The novel Potiki explained in different points of view what the land meant to the Maori people Roimata made it clear that the land does not belong to people but that people belong to the land 110 She viewed the land as a sacred means of life renewal She even said that everything in time was a now-time The past and the present were only named for convenience but when all was one and all had an influence on each other 39 Toko said that his father Hemi explained that the land and sea was our whole life the mans by which we survived and stayed together Our whanau is the land and the sea Destroy the land and sea we destroy ourselves 98 Immortality is an exemption from death or everlasting life In the Maoris world nothing ever died This was exemplified through the carvings of the wharekai or meeting house When a person from the whanau or family of the land died they were remembered in the carvings of the wharekai
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