Story: Māori non-fiction and scholarship – ngā tuhinga me te rangahau

Ancient traditions of the Maori

Ancient traditions of the Maori

This image of moko kurī – a type of Māori tattoo – was published in John White's book Ancient history of the Maori. In the 19th century White put together volumes of tribal information from various Māori experts from around the country, many of whom wrote down and sent him their tribal traditions.

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Basil Keane, 'Māori non-fiction and scholarship – ngā tuhinga me te rangahau - Māori traditions and tribal histories', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/46454/ancient-traditions-of-the-maori (accessed 4 March 2021)

Story by Basil Keane, published 22 Oct 2014