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Feast, Bay of Islands, 1849 (1st of 2)

Feast, Bay of Islands, 1849

Within Māori society the exchange of food often took place through reciprocal gifting. In this 1849 watercolour Cuthbert Clarke records a large wooden construction used to hold food on the occasion of a feast, probably when one hapū (sub-tribe) visited another. Later Māori extended the principle of exchanging goods through use of a barter system with Europeans.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-030-007
Watercolour by Cuthbert Charles Clarke

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Brian Easton, 'Economic history - Early Māori economies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Brian Easton, published 11 Mar 2010