Tahitian chief Tupaia accompanied British explorer James Cook to New Zealand in 1769. The Tahitian and Māori languages were very similar so Tupaia, who spoke some English, was able to act as translator to Cook. This diptych by Michel Tuffery entitled Tupaia's chart Cook and Banks/Tupaia's and Parkinson's paintbox references Tupaia’s well-known painting of a Māori man and a Pākehā man trading a crayfish and piece of tapa cloth.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Acrylic on canvas by Michel Tuffery
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