The Māori prophets of the nineteenth century developed syncretistic theologies as responses to colonisation and land loss. In so doing, these prophets provided models for us to follow with regard to maintaining aspects of our culture and traditions alongside introduced ideas. These strategies are useful because they demonstrate indigenous innovation in the face of devastation. They are examples of Māori development in action. The prophets showed us that ideas and knowledge, even if they seem to conflict, can co-exist beneficially.
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