Ta Moko, Maori tattoo is sacred to the Maori people and all the people of New Zealand/Aotearoa. It is ours, our Taonga. Moko identifies our history and is a bridge to our future, it is our treasure. We own it. Other nations and cultures in the world have abundant variations of ways to scarify or mark or tattoo their bodies, Moko is ours, it which defines us from the rest. It helps us to understand our turangawaewae, our sense of place, where our feet stand on our turning earth, our whenua.
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
Maori Moko Temporary Tattoo
From the Land of the Long White Cloud - Aotearoa, this temporary tattoo is inspired by the tā moko of Maori culture. In ancient times before European influence, the Maori tattooed their skin using an uhi (chisel). This left the skin with grooves. Later, as more influence from outside of New Zealand came, the tattooing method changed to puncturing leaving a smooth surface to the skin. The moko signified moving from childhood to adulthood. It represented social status and rank. It also…
Taiaha (long fighting weapon), belonged to Titokowaru. | Collections Online
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Unidentified kuia (elderly Maori woman) with a moko on her chin and lips. She wears a kahu huruhuru (feather cloak), a pendant (probably made of gr...