Story: Ideas about Māori origins

Linking Māori and Indian culture (2nd of 2)

Linking Māori and Indian culture

This image was published in Who are the Maoris? (1912), by Alfred Newman, who believed Māori originated in northern India. The caption advises the reader to ‘Note the head-gear, like a fez worn in India’. Alternately the ‘head-gear’ could be viewed as part of the trunk of the tree from which this figure was carved.

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Reference: Alfred K. Newman, Who are the Maoris? Christchurch: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1912, p. 112.

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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