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The ‘Maori writer’

January 17, 2012

In an interview I have been reading with interest, Patricia Grace states: “We don’t give labels to ourselves. Other people do that. … I agree with Witi Ihimaera’s definition of who is a Maori writer: they are people with Maori genealogy who identify as Maori and people who are accepted as Maori. His definition is culturally correct because it is part of our culture to be inclusive and it’s part of our culture to say who we are.” (112)

Ref: Paloma Fresno Calleja (2003) ‘An Interview with Patricia Grace’ Atlantis 25(1)June: 109-20

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