Knowledge Is a Blessing on Your Mind: Selected Writings, 1980–2020

Book Author Anne Salmond
Rights Available World excl. Australia & NZ

For fifty years, Dame Anne Salmond has navigated ‘te ao hurihuri’ – travelling to hui in her little blue VW Beetle with Eruera and Amiria Stirling in the 1970s, working for a university marae alongside Merimeri Penfold, Patu Hohepa and Wharetoroa Kerr in the 1980s, giving evidence to the Waitangi Tribunal on the meaning of Te Tiriti in the 2000s. From Hui to The Trial of the Cannibal Dog to today’s debates about the future of Aotearoa, Anne Salmond has explored who we are to each other.

This book traces Salmond’s forty-year journey as an anthropologist, as a writer and activist, as a Pākehā New Zealander, as a friend, wife and mother. The book brings together her key writing on the working across cultures, on the Māori world and the wider Pacific – much of it appearing in book form for the first time.

About the Author
Dame Anne Salmond
is one of the world’s leading anthropologists and major figure in understanding indigenous world views. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the British Academy, her books have been published by Penguin UK, OUP, Yale University Press and University of California Press.


Auckland University Press


228mm x 152mm




Publication Date
November 2023

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World excl. Australia & NZ

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