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Paddles obtained on Cook's first voyage

Paddles obtained on Cook's first voyage

These two paddles (hoe) were acquired by the crew of the Endeavour during British explorer James Cook's first visit to New Zealand in 1769–70. They may have been a gift to Tupaia, the Tahitian priest acting as an interpreter for the expedition, or they may have been exchanged for European items. In early Māori–Pākehā encounters, both groups carefully observed the others' behaviour and exchanged goods. The journals of Cook, botanist Joseph Banks and others involved in the first contacts provide the earliest European observations of Māori life.

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MAA: Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Reference: D.1914.66 (top); D.1914.67 (bottom)

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Peter Clayworth, 'Anthropology and archaeology - Explorers and missionaries, 1769 to 1840', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/44403/paddles-obtained-on-cooks-first-voyage (accessed 27 April 2017)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014