Story: Cultural go-betweens

Tuki's 1793 map of New Zealand

Cultural go-betweens can provide entirely new ways of seeing places and concepts. This unfamiliar version of New Zealand's coastline was drawn in 1793 by the northern chief Tuki for the governor of New South Wales. It shows the world that Tuki knew, with Poenammo (the South Island) on the bottom, and Ea-hei-no-Maue (the North Island), where he lived, much larger. The double dotted line running through the North Island marks the path of the spirits of the dead to their final jumping-off place at Te Rēinga (top).

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Mark Derby, 'Cultural go-betweens - The first cultural go-betweens', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2021)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 May 2018