How traditional Maori face tattoos called Moko describe without words
Striking images, taken by New Zealand's first ever photographer, Elizabeth Pulman, depict the way of life of the Maori, including their unique method of tattooing the face called ta moko, shown.
Mannequin/life caste of a Maori chief wearing a rain cape over a korowai (tag cloak); holding a taiaha (ceremonial and fighting staff), wearing a hei tiki (neck pendant), and two huia feathers in his hair. | 19th century | Photographic print; © The Trustees of the British Museum
Manatunga exhibition from the Sir George Grey Special Collections
Tawhiao Potatau Te Wherowhero and his wife Hera Manatunga exhibition from the bastard Sir George Grey Special Collections
[Postcard]. Maori belles, Bay of Islands, N.Z. F.T. series no 545 [1900-1920]. | National Library of New Zealand
Shows two young Maori women standing side by side, wearing flax cloaks and long skirts. Quantity: 1 b&w photo-mechanical print(s) on postcard.. P...
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Culture, Language, Art and Tattoo
Maori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand. Contemporary Maori culture has been shaped by the traditions of its rich cultural heritage.