Kōrero: Anthropology and archaeology

Circular proposing the formation of the Polynesian Society, 1891

Ethnologist S. Percy Smith sent out this circular in June 1891 calling for the formation of a Polynesian Society. The society would be dedicated to studying and publishing information on the 'Oceanic races'. Smith was convinced that information on Polynesian traditions was rapidly disappearing and needed to be recorded. The Polynesian Society was founded at a meeting in Wellington on 8 June 1892. In the 2010s the society continued to be a major organisation for Pacific anthropologists, and its journal, first published in 1892, was still produced quarterly.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Polynesian Society Collection
Reference: MS-Papers-1187-125-1-Front; MS-Papers-1187-125-1-Back;

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Peter Clayworth, 'Anthropology and archaeology - ‘Salvage anthropology’ and the birth of professionalism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/zoomify/44412/circular-proposing-the-formation-of-the-polynesian-society-1891 (accessed 21 June 2021)

He kōrero nā Peter Clayworth, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014