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Sep 28Liked by Stone Age Herbalist

Moral of the story: If your neighbors say they are going to kill you, throw away your pacifist ideas and learn to fight.

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Sep 28Liked by Stone Age Herbalist

A cautionary tale for modern Europeans. Bravo!

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Sep 29Liked by Stone Age Herbalist

one of the first things you are told as a new European in the Antipodes is that Maori and Aboriginals are nothing alike, the first fierce warriors the latter peaceful hunter gatherers.

Its simplistic of course but there really is no Aboriginal haka equivalent and their bands rarely seemed to have battles.

Moriori seem to have been a noble human experiment, worthy of a mention in history and I can tell you many modern NZers do know their story

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Sep 29Liked by Stone Age Herbalist

"Colonial encounters motivated behaviour that diverged radically from Māori custom" - this sentence summarizes the entire, the self districtive, mindset of the modern liberalism.

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Sep 29Liked by Stone Age Herbalist

One of the most interesting reads this year !

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Oct 5Liked by Stone Age Herbalist

"Europeans came along and taught Maori how to be racist" is such a hilariously stupid idea that it's immediately clear that an academic have came up with it.

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Sep 29Liked by Stone Age Herbalist

Slight editing note: "It might be somewhat unfashionable to say today, but there can be doubt that the Māori were a proud ..." appears to be missing a " no " between "... there can be doubt that ..." which is critical to making the author's point.

I would've emailed the author directly but I'm not sure how to message them here.

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Sep 28Liked by Stone Age Herbalist

Excellent article old chap - I had never heard of these series of wars before - very interesting indeed.

It certainly adds to my view on human historical interactions.

In short form :

Pacifism is the cowardly refuge of Poets.

Warriors cannot maintain the peace.

Warrior-Poets can rule a world filled by the other two.

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Oct 2Liked by Stone Age Herbalist

Thanks for this.

The story of each human group, however small, gives us an insight into human nature in general--including our own.

Interesting also how difficult it was for the Moriori to abandon their beliefs, even when, rationally, they were very counterproductive.

It shows how powerful beliefs are for both traditional and contemporary societies.

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Sep 29Liked by Stone Age Herbalist

Doesn't even seem real, and so recent! A lesson in humanity for sure. Pacifism is only as strong as your nearest neighbor. Great article, thanks!

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Oct 6Liked by Stone Age Herbalist

Great article

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Oct 1Liked by Stone Age Herbalist

Great article!!! Thanks for enlightening me about this sorry part of history. Yep, it's not about just the "bad white men".

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Sep 28Liked by Stone Age Herbalist

Excellent piece!

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I thought only white colonisers committed atrocities

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50 in a oven? Over how long....

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