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The long white cloud ...

A proud Maori/kiwi who appreciates her home country from a distance … and at times misses her roots … thankfully most of my family are altogether here down-under … I still go home once or twice a year to keep connected in what our people are doing or saying with regards to our beautiful land and it’s people ...

A Hongi, A maori greeting … like a kiss on the cheek or a shake of the hand when you say hello as well as a show of respect to those we meet on occasion … Our ancestors were distinctive leaders in there convictions in the nature of things and the greeting was no different … a personal space in its greeting such as this would give reading of the body langauge noting signs either from the eyes, smell and touch to give warning if the visits were either peacful or not ...

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Young Maori Woman (New Zealander), c. 1872-86, tattoo on her chin is an example of Ta Moko, markings of aristocracy, adulthood and achievement created by chiseling the skin open and applying charcoal to the gouges. Men much more often than women have their faces fully tattooed, but it is not unheard of for a woman to have her face completely tattooed. Moko can also be applied to the hips, buttocks, shoulders, thighs and calves. Moko is a living tradition carried on by Maori today.

1890s - 1900s Kotahitanga - Maori Parliament Delegations from many tribal areas meet at Papawai Marae near Greytown to discuss important issues at the Kotahitanga. After talks with Premier Richard Seddon and King Mahuta in 1897, the Maori Parliament supports a petition to Queen Victoria that all remaining Maori land should be protected.

Te Papa museum's Marae - modern ...

Kete made from the Pingao plant/grass ...

Fashion at the Maori Market ...

This dividing screen has 4x panels - each frame has been carved with Maori kowhaiwhai/whakairo ...

My Aunties collection of Ataahua Kete :-)

Kahurangi Maori Dance Theater of New Zealand Part of the New Zealand Culture exhibit in San Antonio ...

Koru - A new beginning - circle of life .. used in most if not all aspects of our culture ...

Maori carving ...

A maori-carving-at-omaha-beach NZ ...

The original glass koru. Made in New Zealand ...

Mew Gull by Rex Homan - New Zealand ...

Another gorgeous New Zealand art piece ...