Story: Whenua – how the land was shaped
Māui is renowned for fishing up the North Island or Te Ika-a-Māui (the fish of Māui) from his canoe, which later became the South Island. The tale is depicted in this ink drawing by Wilhelm Dittmer, a German who visited New Zealand to collect oral traditions, and illustrated a number of mythical scenes.
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Alexander Turnbull Library
Drawing by Wilhelm Dittmer
Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.