Stories without End

Stories without End

Essays 1975–2010

Stories Without End is a testament to nearly 40 years of groundbreaking historical research by one of New Zealand’s leading scholars.

Sitting alongside her major works – including the 2010 Book of the Year, Encircled Lands – these essays explore sidepaths and previously unexamined histories. They notably delve into the lives of powerful early Māori figures, including the prophets Rua Kenana and Te Kooti, their wives and their descendants, and the leaders of the Urewera.

Binney brings figures out of the shadows, explores place and revives memory, ensuring that the histories that matter do indeed become stories without end.

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Table of contents


1 Whatever Happened to Poor Mr Yate?
2 The Lost Drawing of Nukutawhiti
3 Tuki’s Universe
4 Two Māori Portraits
5 Māori Oral Narratives, Pākehā Written Texts
6 Maungapohatu Revisited
7 Myth and Explanation in the Ringatū Tradition
8 Some Observations on Māori Women
9 Te Mana Tuatoru
10 Songlines from Aotearoa
11 Te Umutaoroa
12 Tom Ryan’s Sketches of Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki
13 Bringing the Stories Back Home
14 ‘In-Between’ Lives
15 Encounters Across Time
16 Papahurihia, Pukerenga, Te Atua Wera and Te Nakahi
17 Te Upokokōhua
18 The Misses Lundon and the ‘White Blackguards’
19 Portrait of a Māori Woman, 1887
20 History and Memory
21 Stories Without End

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2018
Pages: 424
RRP: $49.99
ISBN: 9781877242472
ISTC: A0220120000212F1
DOI: 10.7810/9781877242472

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Read Bronwyn Dalley's review in New Zealand Books.


'[Judith Binney] has taken narrative seriously, acknowledges its power and has followed approaches and projects which allow her to pursue them. The intellectuals we meet in her work, from Kendall to Rua, from Hongi Hika to Heni Sunderland, to that man who was a mountain, Te Kooti, are each taken seriously in their successes and failures, their apprehensions and hopes. We know them through their stories, those they told about themselves, and those that have been told of them. Judith understands the ways in which stories mediate the comprehension of life, and the way the present is ordered.' Damon Salesa, ‘Reflections on the Work of Judith Binney’