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George Nuku is a Maori master carver, sculptor artist and bearer of Ta Moko (traditional Maori tattoo). Jacket!

* Maori Moko, or Ta Moko is the tradtional facial tattooing of the Maori people of New Zealand ~ Its memebers still practice the act of Moko with modern machines, but traditionally they where acutally carved into the face by Tohunga-Ta-Moko using a Uhi which is basically a chisel and then had soot from the burnt embers of a tree for the black coloring for the face *

1890 photograph of a Maori woman with moko facial tattoo

My current research project; embodied symbols in traditional and contemporary tattoos and body modification in the Pacific and Aotearoa / New Zealand. This is a photo of George Nuku,Maori master carver, sculptor artist and bearer of Ta Moko (traditional Maori tattoo).

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