Maori trading a crayfish with Joseph Banks

Description

This is high priest and navigator Tupaia’s only known drawing of New Zealand. Tupaia played a crucial role in establishing good relations between Cook’s party and Māori in the first weeks in New Zealand. He was able to act as intermediary because the Māori language is from the same language group as Tahitian.

Full title:
Drawings illustrative of Captain Cook's first voyage, 1768 -1770, chiefly relating to Otaheite and New Zealand, by A. Buchan, John F. Miller, and others.
Created:
1769
Format:
Drawing
Creator:
Tupaia
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Add MS 15508, f.12

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Article by:
Professor Dame Anne Salmond, Huw Rowlands
Themes:
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