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Maori women with facial tattoo

Incredible portraits of Maori women from the National Library of New Zealand.

Maori women The Maori & the Haka | THE STYLE ABETTOR

Maori Woman


Hongi :: White Wolf: Women in Maori Culture: the sacredness of women (With Video)

Defining aspects of Maori traditional culture include art, legends, tattoos (ta moko), performances (notably kapa haka), customs, hospitality and community. Tattooing has always been an important part of Maori culture. Receiving tattoos was an important step to maturity and there were many rites and rituals associated with the event. Every member of a Maori tribe had a specific role and a specific place within the social order.

"maori woman". Auckland. 1880

Maori woman

Maori Culture (New Zealand). 'NZ’s indigenous Maori culture is accessible and engaging: join in a haka (war dance); chow down at a traditional hangi (Maori feast cooked in the ground); carve a pendant from bone or pounamu (jade); learn some Maori language; or check out an authentic cultural performance with song, dance, legends, arts and crafts.'

A Maori man with ta moko (facial tattoo) and woman doing hongi (traditional Maori greeting) with the Pohutu Geyser behind, Te Puia (New Zeal...

The origin of the Maori has been reliably traced to the islands of Eastern Polynesia. Their journey to New Zealand from the mythical homeland Hawaiki occurred in a number of epic waka (canoe) voyages over a significant period of time. Legend has it that twelve large canoes each carried a different tribe (iwi). Even today, most Maori people can tell which original tribe they are descendants of.

The Maori people of New Zealand have been decorating their faces with swirling blue tattoos called “moko” for centuries. Originally a sign of wealth for their ancestors, today most Maori people have moko. For women, the ultimate sign of beauty is full, blue lips and tattoos on the chin.

Maori Girl, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Maori woman, New Zealand, 19th century.

Maori Woman


Maori tribes The long and intriguing story of the origine of the indigenous Maori people can be traced back to the 13th century, the mythical homeland Hawaiki, Eastern Polynesia. Due to centuries of isolation, the Maori established a distinct society with characteristic art, a separate language and unique mythology. “My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul”