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19th-century perceptions of Māori

19th-century perceptions of Māori

In the early 1900s a few New Zealand scholars believed that Māori history and culture might provide the basis for a national intellectual tradition. The painter Charles Goldie shared this view. His nostalgic images such as this 1903 oil portrait, ‘Darby and Joan’, tended to perpetuate the notion that the Māori were a sad and dying race.

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Oil painting by Charles Goldie

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Jock Phillips, 'The New Zealanders - Maorilanders', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/1934/19th-century-perceptions-of-maori (accessed 6 June 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 20 May 2015