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Gottfried Lindauer
Portrait of Ihaka Whanga, 1870 — Gottfried Lindauer,

Portrait of Ihaka Whanga

Gottfried Lindauer, 1870

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83.6 cm72 cm

Ihaka Whanga was the only survivor of a tribal raid that killed his parents and five brothers. He would dedicate his life to achieving peace through marriage, an ancestral practice known as "Te Kupenga a Te Huki."  Whanga was married three times to Kahungunu women from influential families. Later in his life, Whanga converted to the Mormon faith, and his son, Hirini Whanga traveled to Utah, and the Whanga name would become tied to the growth of a 4000+ member Mormon church in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

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