Story: Leisure in traditional Māori society – ngā mahi a te rēhia

Village life

Village life

This romanticised version of Māori life in a kāinga, or traditional village, was painted by Gottfried Lindauer in the early 1900s. The children in the image probably reflect Elsdon Best's description of Māori children as leading 'a care-free, joyous, outdoor life until old enough to take part in domestic tasks and even then indulged in.'

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Reference: 1915/2/48
Oil painting by Gottfried Lindauer, 1907

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How to cite this page:

Ross Calman, 'Leisure in traditional Māori society – ngā mahi a te rēhia - Leisure in traditional Māori society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/40180/village-life (accessed 6 December 2019)

Story by Ross Calman, published 5 Sep 2013