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Barnet Burns

Barnet Burns

Barnet Burns was a ‘Pākehā–Māori’, the 19th-century term for a European who chose to live among Māori as part of the tribe. Here he is depicted as a tattooed Māori chief (wearing a peculiar interpretation of traditional dress), in a woodcut from an 1844 edition of his 1835 booklet, A brief narrative of the remarkable history of Barnet Burns. It recounted his experiences as a flax trader at Māhia in the early 1830s, when he lived as one of a local iwi, and took part in inter-tribal warfare.

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Alex Calder, 'Non-fiction - Frontier reports', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Alex Calder, published 22 Oct 2014