Explore the hidden history of European men and women traditionally tattooed by Maori. In Pakeha Ta Moko, Trevor Bentley examines the extent and significance of Maori and Pakeha tattoo exchange both on ship and shore between the 1790s and 1840s.
He uncovers the tattooing methods as well as the purpose and significance of the designs. Bentley examines why and how some captive Pakeha males were forced to receive facial tattoos while others voluntarily crossed cultures and submitted themselves to the ta moko ritual.
Through in-depth research and interviews, Bentley explores this important part of early New Zealand history.
About the author: Trevor Bentley has a PhD in history and a longstanding interest in the interaction of Maori and Pakeha in 19th-century New Zealand. His primary interest is the Europeans who entered Maori tribal societies voluntarily or involuntarily as captives. This is Bentley’s sixth book to explore this subject.