Story: Ideas in New Zealand

'Maori bargaining with a Pakeha'

'Maori bargaining with a Pakeha'

This ink drawing from about 1845 portrays Māori in the Bay of Islands as having supposedly Jewish characteristics, including elongated noses and a propensity for trading. The idea that Māori, like Jews, were descendants of Noah's middle son, Shem, was widespread among missionaries in the first half of the 19th century.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-079-017
Ink and wash drawing by John Williams

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Jock Phillips, 'Ideas in New Zealand - Christianity', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014