Charles Goldie titled his 1913 portrait of Tumai Tawhiti 'The last of the cannibals', reflecting the widespread view among Pākehā at the start of the 20th century that Māori were a 'dying race'. The evidence of declining Māori population was reinforced by Darwinian ideas about the ‘survival of the fittest’ to assert that the stronger Anglo-Saxon race was destined to outcompete less fit races such as Māori.
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Aigantighe Art Gallery
Oil on canvas by Charles Goldie
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