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Recording a Māori speaker, 1923

Recording a Māori speaker, 1923

Ethnologists Elsdon Best (third from left), Johannes Andersen (left) and Hēnare Balneavis (second from left) record an unidentified Māori speaker at the Dominion Museum in 1923. The recording is being made on an Edison cylinder. The photographer was James McDonald, who also took photos and film footage of Māori during museum field expeditions. New technologies for recording sound and images greatly assisted anthropological studies.

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Photograph by James McDonald

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Peter Clayworth, 'Anthropology and archaeology - ‘Salvage anthropology’ and the birth of professionalism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/44414/recording-a-maori-speaker-1923 (accessed 15 August 2020)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014