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.
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
Read Bronwyn Dalley's review in New Zealand Books.