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
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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.
Popperfoto via Getty Images,The Book, Volume 1,Page: 94, Picture: 2,...
Popperfoto via Getty Images,The Book, Volume 1,Page: 94, Picture: 2, Maori mother and baby on her back, Antipodes, circa 1890
National Library of New Zealand
Matenga Tukareaho, [ca 1870] Head and shoulders portrait of Matenga Tukareaho of Nuhaka. He has a full facial moko and wears a tag cloak. Photograph taken by Samuel Carnell.
World of Ethno
Heath, Vernon, 1819 or 1820-1895 :Portrait of Wiremu Pou, Ngahuia and Hapimana Ngapiko A portrait of Wiremu Pou, Huria Ngahuia and Hapimana Ngapiko taken by Vernon Heath, a London photographer.
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.