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Weavers of Song - Polynesian Music and Dance

Book hardcover

Commentary or analysis Publication year: 1999



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Weavers of Song follows Mervyn McLean's highly respected Maori Music and takes into account the entire sweep of Polynesian music and dance. The book is lavishly illustrated with 165 photographs, over 80 musical examples and an accompanying CD containing songs, dance-songs and musical instruments from areas studied in the book. Weavers of Song is in two parts. The first covers the music and dance of twenty specific areas including the Society Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Niue, Uvea and Futuna, the Marquesas Islands, Easter Island, Hawaii and New Zealand. In part two, McLean describes the musical instruments and the users, performance, composition, teaching and structure of music across the entire region.


1h 11m 50s


x, 543 p. : ill., maps, music, ports. ; 26 cm. + 1 compact disc (4-3/4 in.)


Publisher note

Auckland University Press

Author note

McLean, Mervyn

Dedication note

To my wife Anne