RC2009/2/74 - 30 Jul 1901

30th July 1901

I belong to the Te Atiawa and Ngatitoa tribes. Some of these "kaumatua" (old people) I saw personally, but the great majority I've only heard by repute. And it is through the foresight and great knowledge of "our" pakeha friend that we now behold the likenesses of some of the "great totara" trees of Aotearoa (New Zealand) who lived some years ago and some of whom are still living.
I do, indeed, highly praise these pictures and also the efforts of our pakeha friend.

May you live long.

I.H. Damon
alias Hone Tuhata

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