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Historical Records of New Zealand Vol. II.

The Inhabitants

page 471

The Inhabitants.

The New-Zealanders are generally tall and well made; men of 6 ft. high are by no means uncommon. Their carriage is one of proud dignity. At first their manner is fawning and insinuating, but they soon become sociable. They are robust, daring, patient, brave, but treacherous. These people are generally of an olive colour. The hair is worn long, and is fastened up at the top of the head; some, however, do not fasten it at all. I am not aware whether this is a mark of distinction. Most of them paint their faces and thighs with a design of a spiral form. The women are small and ill-made, and are also marked with designs on their faces and legs.