Maori chief

Ta Moko is the tradtional facial tattooing of the Maori people of New Zealand: "It's like turning your soul inside out for everyone to see and it keeps you humble. You don't need to talk about yourself so much because it is there for people to see.

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

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.

Goldie's first Maori portrait, Kawhena, 1892. Featuring  Important, Early & Rare auction 20 November 2013.

Goldie's first Maori portrait, Kawhena, Featuring Important, Early & Rare auction 20 November

Maori man - Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Maori man - Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Portrait of a Maori Chief , 19th century. Albumen

Maori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand. Contemporary Maori culture has been shaped by the traditions of its rich cultural heritage.

New Zealand | Harawira Te Mahikai, chief of the Ngati Kahungunu tribe, wearing his cloak and holding his taiaha or challenge stick.  Portrait by NZ Lindauer, photographed by Gladys Goodall ~ scanned postcard

New Zealand | Harawira Te Mahikai, chief of the Ngati Kahungunu tribe, wearing his cloak and holding his taiaha or challenge stick. Portrait by NZ Lindauer, photographed by Gladys Goodall ~ scanned postcard

Gill, H J, fl 1912 :Group of Otago Maoris / photo by Gill. F. T. series no. 340. [1900-1920].  A studio  portrait showing a group of two men (standing) and two women (sitting),  in traditional costume including feather cloaks. Each holds a weapon:  two taiaha, a tewhatewha and a mere. Personal communication from a  researcher indicates the identity of the group: “All these tipuna are  Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe.  They come from Otakou, Purakaunui and Puketeraki.  The man standing on the left ...

Gill, H J, fl 1912 :Group of Otago Maoris / photo by Gill. series no. A studio portrait showing a group of two men (standing) and two women (sitting), in traditional costume including feather cloaks. Each holds a weapon: two.

c. 1901-1910. Makareti (Maggie) Papakura at Te Taura meeting house, Whakarewarewa. Maggie later strove to break the colonial photography of 'dusky maiden' & 'south seas belle.' #Maori #Carving

Makareti (Maggie) Papakura at Te Taura meeting house, Whakarewarewa. Maggie later strove to break the colonial photography of 'dusky maiden' & 'south seas belle.' Love that carved door.

Ihaka Whaanga, [1865-1875] Carte de visite portrait of Ngati Rakai-paaka leader, taken 1865-1875 by Wanganui studio of William James Harding.

Ihaka Whaanga - Kakahu inside out and upside down, because of the Pākeha preference to see taniko. Cracks me up now whenever I see Māori at graduation wearing their kākau like this.

Tawhiao Potatau Te Wherowhero and his wife Hera Manatunga exhibition from the bastard  Sir George Grey Special Collections

Tawhiao Potatau Te Wherowhero and his wife Hera Manatunga exhibition from the bastard Sir George Grey Special Collections

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