Maori healers in New Zealand

the Tohunga Suppression Act 1907

Malcolm Voyce*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article discusses the role of traditional Maori healers (tohunga) and analyses an attempt by the New Zealand Government to suppress them by the enactment of legislation. As with colonial governments elsewhere this attempt to suppress indigenous practices by resort to law failed both to modify native beliefs and to prevent the people from consulting traditional healers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-123
Number of pages25
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1989

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