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Maori Moko | Jane (Maori woman from the Hawkes Bay district) with moko (face tattoo ...

Jane (Maori woman from the Hawkes Bay district) with moko (face tattoo)

Moko (tattoos) were applied to the face and body. In men the moko could cover the whole face.

Explore the rich and diverse New Zealand Maori culture. From their mythical Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki, the Maori shape New Zealand’s culture.

Mrs Paramena, a Maori  woman  by Gottfried Lindauer, 1885

A well respected Maori woman with MANA, from the land of the long white cloud, Aotearoa, New Zealand. Painted by Gottfried Lindauer - 1885

Queen Aotea, third wife of King Tawhiao,  mother of Puahaere.

Queen Aotea, third wife of King Tawhiao, mother of Puahaere.

Portrait of Pikau Teimana of Putaruru, wearing a piupiu and with the words "Aohau Taute" tattooed on her right arm, taken ca 1910 by an unknown photographer. She wears two huia feathers in her hair, and two pendants in the shape of fish around her neck.

Portrait of Pikau Teimana of Putaruru, wearing a piupiu and with the words "Aohau Taute" tattooed on her right arm, taken ca 1910 by an unknown photographer. She wears two huia feathers in her hair, and two pendants in the shape of fish around her neck.

Photograph (black and white); portrait of four Maori girls wearing various styles of flax cloaks (a ngore cloak and pihepihe [?]), two have huia feathers in their hair; New Zealand. Gelatin silver print

Photograph (black and white); portrait of four Maori girls wearing various styles of flax cloaks (a ngore cloak and pihepihe [?]), two have huia feathers in their hair;

Ngahiraka (Ema) Kennedy 1842-1890. Tairawhiti Museum Gisborne. Maori, a Moko on her chin, sacred ceremony,direct descendant of the paramount chief who had come from Havaii with the great migration,blue eyed, fair skinned and very beautiful. Her name means “many  silks.Maori Cheif Takato and his wahine (women.) This Chief, from Mayor Island, gave  Matarena to the Commander James Wood, from H.M.S. Buffalo, as a "comfort wife." From this union Ngahiraka was born in 1842,

Ngahiraka (Ema) Kennedy 1842-1890. Tairawhiti Museum Gisborne. Maori, a Moko on her chin, sacred ceremony,direct descendant of the paramount chief who had come from Havaii with the great migration,blue eyed, fair skinned and very beautiful. Her name means “many silks.Maori Cheif Takato and his wahine (women.) This Chief, from Mayor Island, gave Matarena to the Commander James Wood, from H.M.S. Buffalo, as a "comfort wife." From this union Ngahiraka was born in 1842,

When New Zealand was colonized in the 1800s, the ancient Māori practice of moko kauae—or sacred female facial tattooing—began to fade away. Now the art form is having a resurgence. Here's what it means to stamp your identity on your face.

'It's Transformative': Māori Women Talk About Their Sacred Chin Tattoos

When New Zealand was colonized in the the ancient Māori practice of moko kauae—or sacred female facial tattooing—began to fade away. Now the art form is having a resurgence. Here& what it means to stamp your identity on your face.

Professor Te Awekotuku, author - Mau Moko

Ngahuia Te Awekotuku - Maori tatau - "It is about beauty, and desire, about identity and belonging. It is about us, the Maori people".

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