Story: Ideas about Māori origins

Linking Māori with American Indians (2nd of 2)

Linking Māori with American Indians

In her book Ettie Rout suggested a connection between Māori and the Haida American Indians, because of the similarity of their carved posts. Such comparative study was often flawed – because two things were similar, it did not necessarily mean they had a similar origin.

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Reference: Ettie A. Rout, Maori symbolism. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1926, p. 84.

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K. R. Howe, 'Ideas about Māori origins - 1840s–1930s: the Aryan theory', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 June 2022)

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