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Ideas about Māori origins

The 1926 book Maori symbolism was written by the feminist Ettie Rout. Like other books of the time, it presented ideas about Māori origins that have since been disproved. Rout claimed that Māori headdresses and designs were evidence of links between Egyptian, Greek and Polynesian cultures.

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Reference: Ettie A. Rout, Maori symbolism. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1926, p. 6.

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K. R. Howe, 'Ideas of Māori origins - 1840s–1930s: the Aryan theory', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/1751/ideas-about-maori-origins (accessed 18 November 2019)

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