Lester Hall | Barnett Burns
Barnett Burns Print by Lester Hall
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Barnett Burns (c November 1805 – 26 December 1860) was an English sailor who became one of the early Europeans to live an extraordinary life as a Pākehā Māori and to receive the full Māori facial tattoo. This image is in reference to an early pen and ink of the actual man. Pākehā Māori is a term used to describe early European settlers who lived among the Māori and took on the Maori lifestyle. Some were kept as slaves, many being runaway seamen or escaped convicts while some achieved a degree of prestige among Māori and fought in battle with their adopted tribe in the New Zealand land wars, sometimes against European soldiers. Burns is one of the latter and is well remembered on the East Coast and has descendants there. He escaped his antipodean life and returned to Europe in 1835 spending time and marrying in France after which he settled in England where he described the customs of the Māori, performed the haka, exhibited his Māori tattoos and recounted his adventures in New Zealand.