"Pokarekare": An Overlooked New Zealand Folksong?

  title={"Pokarekare": An Overlooked New Zealand Folksong?},
  author={A. Thomas},
  journal={Journal of Folklore Research},
  pages={227 - 237}
  • A. Thomas
  • Published 2007
  • History
  • Journal of Folklore Research
"Pokarekare" is one of a group of New Zealand songs that became popular in the first decades of the twentieth century. The songs combined Maori and Pakeha [European] features in what can be understood as an aspect of nation building and they contributed to New Zealand identity at the time. Several of the songs originated as folksongs (though they have not previously been recognised as such) but early on were caught up in publications and performances that obscured their folk origins but kept… Expand
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