Ian Smith’s Pākehā Settlements in a Māori World: New Zealand Archaeology 1769–1860 has been described on RNZ as 'a magnificent book, both in its illustration and in its coverage.'
Environmental historian Dr Jonathan West reviewed the book on Nine to Noon, telling presenter Susie Ferguson that Ian’s vivid account of early European experience in Aotearoa 'should do what Michael King did for the popularity of New Zealand history'.
'It deserves to be under every reading household's Christmas tree this year.'
Travelling the borderlands between archaeology, history and tradition, Jonathan says Pākehā Settlements in a Māori World shows impeccable scholarship: 'It’s a book we have sorely lacked – an archaeological treatment of the more recent past of this country.'
'We know a lot about that period from historical documents but the material culture of the people at that time is what archaeology unearths.'
'This is an exquisite book.'
Join Ian Smith in celebration of the publication of Pākehā Settlements in a Māori World, and in recognition of his long career at the University of Otago.
Saturday 23 November 2019 5.00–7.00 pm
(Speaker event 5.00–6.00 p.m., Refreshments served 6.00–7.00 p.m.)
The Hutton, Otago Museum
419 Great King Street