Story: New Zealand identity

'Sauvages de la Nouvelle Zélande' (savages of New Zealand)

'Sauvages de la Nouvelle Zélande' (savages of New Zealand)

This engraving by Emile Rouargue illustrated a scene said to have been witnessed on Dumont d'Urville's voyage of exploration to New Zealand in 1826–27. The scene is of Māori engaging in a cannibal feast with the heads of two enemies on poles to the left. Such images reinforced New Zealand's reputation in Europe as a dangerous place peopled by bloodthirsty 'savages'.

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Engraving by Emile Rouargue

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Fiona Barker, 'New Zealand identity - New Zealand’s peoples', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/34616/sauvages-de-la-nouvelle-zelande-savages-of-new-zealand (accessed 23 May 2019)

Story by Fiona Barker, published 20 Jun 2012