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The Maori People

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The Maori People

08/19

The Maori People

Originally hailing from far eastern Polynesia, the Maori were the first settlers on the two Pacific islands we now call New Zealand. They brought with them a rich culture and a tenacity to survive against all odds. In more recent history, they have adapted their culture to the colonised world.
Cultural Traditions

Traditional Tattoos

Tattooing is common throughout the Pacific Islands and has always been an important part of Maori culture. Both men and women get tattooed to signify status and enhance their appearance. Maori tattoos, or t ā moko, are known for their unique spiral motifs and special application technique, which produces deeply grooved scars. Tā moko originated as a ritual for mourning the dead. Using shells or obsidian (volcanic glass), Maori women would cut themselves as an expression of their grief over the death of a loved one.

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Eru, Hone, Erena, Robert, Tani, Eru, Te Aroha & Sky, Maori | Bay of Islands, Haruru Falls, North Island | New Zealand 2011
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The Maori People