Kōrero: Ideas in New Zealand

'The last of the cannibals: Tumai Tawhiti'

'The last of the cannibals: Tumai Tawhiti'

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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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'Ideas in New Zealand - Darwinism and anthropology', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/artwork/45472/the-last-of-the-cannibals-tumai-tawhiti (accessed 22 September 2021)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014