Story: Ideas about Māori origins

Elsdon Best and Percy Smith

Elsdon Best and Percy Smith

Photographed in 1908, Elsdon Best (left) and Percy Smith were key figures in the Polynesian Society. Through the pages of the Journal of the Polynesian Society they and many other European ethnographers found an outlet for their theories of Māori origins and arrival in New Zealand.

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K. R. Howe, 'Ideas about Māori origins - 1840s–early 20th century: Māori tradition and the Great Fleet', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 May 2022)

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