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The Aryan Maori (1st of 3)

The Aryan Maori

The cover of Edward Tregear’s book of 1885 shows a Māori man clutching a club with a staff at hand, while a cow gazes over his shoulder. Tregear believed that the language and traditions of Māori demonstrated that they originated from pastoral peoples.

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Reference: Edward Tregear, The Aryan Maori. Wellington: George Didsbury, Government Printer, 1885.

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K. R. Howe, 'Ideas about Māori origins - 1840s–1930s: the Aryan theory', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2021)

Story by K. R. Howe, published 8 Feb 2005