This book, originally researched and written as part of an academic study, sets out and discusses the maramataka or lunar month and the understanding of the days and nights according Te Whānau-ā-Apanui tribal knowledge.
The dependence of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui ancestors on the environment led them to closely study the changes and cycles in nature so they could ensure their survival in their tribal area. Knowledge of aspects such as the sea conditions and best planting and harvesting times at each day of the month were carefully observed and remembered and community activities were arranged according to the phases of the moon.
This book records this traditional knowledge, handed down orally and through practical demonstration to Te Whānau-ā-Apanui elders by their forebears, and from them to the next generations.
For the design, I aimed for simplicity and elegance. The inside pages are done in a bilingual format (Maori and English) with minimal design elements, while the cover depicts White Island and the rise and setting of the Moon. The colours are chosen to help evoke a spiritual feeling of time and reflection.
Living by the Moon won the PANZ 2014 Best Educational Book Design Award http://www.bookdesignawards.co.nz/2014-shortlist-best-educational-living-by-the-moon/