Story: Ideas of Māori origins

‘The whitening snows of venerable elder’

‘The whitening snows of venerable elder’

The artist Charles Goldie painted a series of portraits of elderly Māori who were supposedly contemplating not only their past, but also the life span of their race. In the late 1800s and early 1900s many Europeans considered Māori to be dying out. Portraits such as this one, painted in 1914, helped to reinforce this view.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Oil painting by Charles Goldie

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How to cite this page:

K. R. Howe, 'Ideas of Māori origins - 1880s–1970s: Moriori origins; the Great Fleet', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/1598/the-whitening-snows-of-venerable-elder (accessed 21 November 2019)

Story by K. R. Howe, published 8 Feb 2005