Using the words of the elders it says:
‘All born of this land are of this land. All who sleep beneath the mountains of this land are of this land. All who have come to this land and call it home are of this land.’
It offers everyone a place to stand. It brings into today a philosophy that once held sway in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific.
Warfare was not the Polynesian way. That tragedy only goes back to recent centuries. In the preceding 2,500 years the Polynesian peoples knew only peace, being bound by ancient ties to their wider families. They lived in harmony with the land and each other. That’s not myth that’s science, the fruit of the latest archaeology.
The author’s sensitive handing of the old philosophies and the sacred lore helps this remarkable book bridge the chasm that often separates cultures.
The Song of the Old Tides speaks to modern generations because its wisdom is timeless. The beauty of its design, the remarkable photography and the power of the words make it a work to cherish.