Story: Anthropology and archaeology

'Sketches of ancient Maori life and history', 1894

'Sketches of ancient Maori life and history', 1894

John Alexander Wilson's 'Sketches of ancient Maori Life and History' columns, originally published in the Auckland Star, were collected into a book in 1897. This column is from 28 April 1894. Wilson spoke Māori, having grown up in New Zealand in the 1830s, and his work as a soldier, land purchase officer and Native Land Court Judge brought him into frequent contact with Māori. Wilson recorded a great deal of Māori information, but his interpretation of it was often somewhat eccentric.

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Reference: Auckland Star, 28 April 1894, supplement, p. 2

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Peter Clayworth, 'Anthropology and archaeology - Colonial anthropology and archaeology, 1840 to 1890', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/44407/sketches-of-ancient-maori-life-and-history-1894 (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014