Study Guide

The Maori in Slaughterhouse-Five

By Kurt Vonnegut

The Maori

The Maori are a group of native people from New Zealand. When Billy is assigned to dig up bodies in the rubble of Dresden, he works with a Maori man who was captured in the North African battle of Tobruk. When the Maori goes down into one of the pits with human remains in it, the smell is so overwhelming that he cannot stop vomiting and eventually dies of the dry heaves.