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    Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Te Matahauariki to be published in Revue Juridique Polynésienne

A Paper by Dr Alex Frame and Ms Joeliee Seed-Pihama titled "Some Customary Legal Concepts in Traditional Maori Migration Accounts" is to be published by the Revue Juridique Polynésienne in its next issue. Based on their presentation at the Institute's Symposium on 'Concepts in Polynesian Customary Law' in 2004, the Paper selects and discusses three narrative elements from traditional Maori accounts of the migrations from central Polynesia to Aotearoa/New Zealand.Attention is paid to the sources and form of the narratives. The purpose of the authors is to consider the customary legal principles illustrated by, and embodied in, the accounts. The Paper ends with some observations and conclusions on the possibility of cross-cultural studies



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