Abstracts and Titles.
Some of the papers listed below have already appeared or will appear in the Journal of the Polynesian Society or in some other ethnological publication.
Maori Adze Sockets.
A description of the wooden adze sockets formerly used in North Island as an extra attachment to the wooden handle and into which the adze blade was fitted. Reference was made to the use of the socket in the Pacific.
The Mauri of the Whales.
The Present Status of the Maori Language.
Thought and language—tribal isolationism and conservatism and dialectual differences—cultural change and linguistic adjustments (verbal, dialectual, idiomatic, figurative)—growth and contamination—the appeal of bilingualism in a widening world of experience—the problem of vocalisation.
The Use of Aerial Photographs in New Zealand Archaeology.
By G. Blake Palmer.
Air-photography, a proven aid to archaeology in England, Italy and elsewhere, is applicable to similar New Zealand problems.
Existing New Zealand aerial-mapping photos contain valuable archaeological evidence, some of it new.
Low altitude “verticals” over “archaeological areas” will yield more valuable results and should reveal crop-sites—differential growth of maturing crops over areas of former soil displacements. (Crop sites elsewhere have revealed timber structures—Woodhenge 1500 B.C., Celtic field-systems, 450 B.C. to 450 A.D., hut circles, etc.)
The Development of Maori Culture Since the Advent of the Pakeha.
Carving and house decoration, weaving, music and dancing: lost and dying arts: innovations and changes due to economic changes: cultural revival.
The Canberra Proposals for a South Pacific Commission.
By C. G. R. McKay.
The Crocodile and Lizard in Maori and Oceanic Culture.
By H. D. Skinner, Otago Museum.
The crocodile motif is prominent in the art of Micronesia, some areas of New Guinea, and northern Melanesia, associated throughout with fear emotion. The crocodile is absent from Polynesis, where the fear emotion is transferred to the lizard. The motif remains but is modified in Marquesan, Tongan, and Maori Art.
Aborigine and Maori.
By R. M. S. Taylor.
By Mrs. R. Parham.
The Rua Hoata Rock Shelter.
By W. J. Phillipps, Dominion Museum.
Hair Cordage in the Pacific.
The straight hair distinctive of the Polynesians is widely used for cordage, both practical and ornamental. With one possible exception such cordage is absent in Melanesia, although it is characteristic of such Polynesian outliers as Sikiana.
The cordage is characterised by a considerable degree of uniformity, and a number of uses were described.