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Mistress of EverythingQueen Victoria in Indigenous Worlds$
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Sarah Carter and Maria Nugent

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784991401

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784991401.001.0001

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Māori encounters with ‘Wikitoria’ in 1863 and Albert Victor Pomare, her Māori godchild

Māori encounters with ‘Wikitoria’ in 1863 and Albert Victor Pomare, her Māori godchild

(p.144) Chapter Six Māori encounters with ‘Wikitoria’ in 1863 and Albert Victor Pomare, her Māori godchild
Mistress of Everything

Chanel Clarke

Manchester University Press

In 1863, a group of thirteen Māori, led by Wesleyan lay preacher William Jenkins, arrived in England to present illustrated public lectures on New Zealand. This visit offers a rare and interesting insight into Māori and European encounter in the nineteenth century through the words of the protagonists themselves in the form of their surviving letters and diaries, coupled with a plethora of visual images. The tour culminated in an audience with Queen Victoria at Osborne House. In this particular encounter the “performance” of identity is aptly expressed through the medium of dress. The visit offers a unique view of not only how she observed them and how they saw her, but also more importantly, how they perceived themselves.

Keywords:   Māori, Queen Victoria, dress and clothing, material culture, nineteenth century

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