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The white-haired Maori chief Teroro Tamati...

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.

Māori Tā Moko face marking was a sacred practice among the indigenous tribes of New Zealand. Each moko design was unique to each individual, (no two designs were ever the same as they were never duplicated) and signified a young man’s transition from childhood to manhood. As well as representing rank and status these marks also had significant meaning to the wearer, symbolically connecting them to their ancestors and lineage.

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midnight-gallery: “ Māori Tā Moko face marking was a sacred practice among the indigenous tribes of New Zealand. Each moko design was unique to each individual, (no two designs were ever the same as...

Young Maori gentleman, who has quite a finely chiseled profile, in top hat with a silk band.

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Carte de visite portrait of a Maori woman from Hawkes Bay, taken, probably between 1880 and 1900, by Samuel Carnell of Napier.

44 Captivating Native Maori Portraits From 19th Century New Zealand - Flashbak

In 1815, the first British missionaries arrived in Aotearoa (land of the long white cloud). Dubbed Nieuw Zeeland by adventurer Abel Tasman Nieuw Zeeland, after the Dutch province of Zeeland, the country would be changed in 1840 when the British and many Maori tribes signed the Treaty of Waitangi.

Maori Tribesman

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Carved Maori door Lintels II by John R Morris

Carved Maori door Lintels II

John R Morris - Carved Maori door Lintels II

Carved storehouse doorway

Carved storehouse doorway

This carving in Ngāti Kahungunu style, now held in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, is thought to depict the ancestor Kahungunu, who was renowned for his leadership and practical skills.

Ta Moko – New Zealand by Sarah Corbett – Ethnic Jewels Magazine

Ta Moko – New Zealand by Sarah Corbett

Cutting implements termed maripi, sometimes erroneously termed weapons. — Dominion Museum photo | NZETC

Object: Patiti (hatchet) | Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Patiti (hatchet) | Collections Online

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Hori Pokai 1933,Ngati Maru,Ngati Paoa,a Warrior Chieftain of the Ngatimaru Tribe

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Hori Pokai 1933,Ngati Maru,Ngati Paoa,a Warrior Chieftain of the Ngatimaru Tribe

Horatio Gordon Robley 1840-1930: Te Manawa / HG Robley [1880s or later] Head and shoulders portrait of Wiremu Te Manawha, with moko.

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Manuscripts & pictorial collections from the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Object: Waka taua (model war canoe) | Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Waka taua (model war canoe) | Collections Online

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