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White Chief

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John Rutherford's stories of life among the Maori as a slave, chief and warrior in the early/mid 1800s are greeted with some skepticism among academics as time lines do not always meet up. However, there is no doubt he was a hardy and clever survivor of shipwreck, cannibalism and war, escaping back to England where he played the "White Chief" in sideshows and fairs until his death. Rutherford became one of the early Europeans to live an extraordinary life as a Pākehā Māori and to receive the full Māori facial tattoo. This image is in reference to an early pen and ink of the actual man. Pākehā Māori is a term used to describe early European settlers who lived among the Māori and took on the Maori lifestyle. Some were kept as slaves, many being runaway seamen or escaped convicts while some achieved a degree of prestige among Māori and fought in battle with their adopted tribe in the New Zealand land wars, sometimes against European soldiers. Characters like these make our history burst with colour, life and great energy, we ignore them at our great loss.