The English sailor and trader Barnet Burns was one of many Pākehā–Māori – Europeans who lived among Māori, often marrying a Māori woman and living as a member of her tribe. While resident on the Māhia Peninsula, Burns was protected by a chief known as Te Aria, and married his daughter, Amotawa. The couple had three children – Tauhinu, Mokoraurangi and Hori Waiti – before Burns returned to England. There he worked as a showman, exhibiting himself in the costume seen here.
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