David Whitehead

David Whitehead has published six academic books and numerous journal articles, the latest in the Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. He has a historical fiction novel under review. This is his first fiction short story.

David Whitehead: Rite of Passage

I am Māori and I am becoming a man. It is dusk in the tohunga tā moko, our expert tattooist’s, hut. My days of being a boy are ending. I lie still on a finely woven flax mat.