Maori Face Tattoo
Tame Iti, the Maori who terrorises the Kiwis
Tame Iti is a high profile Tuhoe Maori activist in New Zealand. He grew up in the Urewera area, and in the late 1960s and 1970s was involved in protests against the Vietnam War and apartheid in South Africa, and in many Māori protest actions. His ability to court controversy and his full facial moko make him well recognised.
photographic print (colour) | British Museum
New Zealand | Portrait of Atama Paparangi based on the photograph “Atama, a Rangi (chief) of the Arawa Maori, ca. 1920, showing traditional moko (facial tattooing) and skin carving” Seen here wearing hei tiki (neck pendant), shark tooth ear ornament, huia feathers in his hair, and a korowai (tag cloak). | Late 19th century