Discovering Maori – An Ordinary Man

In the introduction it was shown that the original word māori (as an adjective) referred to being normal, usual, or ordinary; tangata māori being a normal Earthly man or human being as opposed to a Supernatural being. The word had no racial connotations as we know it today, and the ‘name’ Māori appears never to have been used for the descendants of the earlier natives or aborigines until the late 1840’s, some 200 years after the European contact by Abel Tasman in 1642! Continue reading

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