all about maori by petronia mukamuhari

who are the Maori? :

maori are the indiginous people of newzeland. the origin of the maori people has been discoverd to the islands of eastern Polynesia from which they journeyed to new zeland on canoes many hundred years ago. the maori culture is rich in tradtion and legend, and forms an entire part of newzealand society.

what is the Maori culture?: the Maori have a rich culture steeped in tradition and legend which includes traditional and contemporary arts such as carving,weaving, kappa haka (group performence), whaikorero(oratory) and moko (tattoo) are carried out through out the whole country.

legends were passed down through generations by story telling, stories like the creation of the islands of new Zealand and lots more, like the maori creation story which describes the world being formed by the seporation of ranginui, the sky father and papatuanuku, the earth mother by their children. a lot of Maori carvings and artwork portray the stories and legends.

wood carving: The art of wood carving is called whakairo rakau ,wood carving and the forests that supply the materiel have played an important and respected role in Maori culture. Maori woodcarvers used tools made from green stone which was valuable for its strength as well as its natural beauty.
some interesting phrases: Kia ora (Greetings, Hello) ,Jobs – Ngā Mahi, Babies – Ngā Pēpe and Weather – Huarere.

what language do the Maori speak ?: the Maori language evolved in aoteroa over several hundred years ago Maori or Maori is an Eastern Polynesian language spoken by the indigenous population of New Zealand. Since 1987, it has been one of New Zealand's official languages. It is closely related to Cook Islands Maori, Tuamotuan, and Tahitian.

what foods do the maori eat?

early maori settlers consumed common species including paua (abalone), pipi, tuatua, titiko (mud snails), mussels, limpets and cat's eyes. Fresh seafood was usually cooked by laying the flesh on heated rocks. Shellfish were often eaten raw. Maori preserved much of their seafood to eat later or trade.

the hāngīe

the hāngīe

The hangi was the most widely used method of cooking by Maori for more than 2000 years. but Now is saved mainly for special occasions. the foods cooked in a hangi include chicken, pork and mutton,hangi-steamed pudding for dessert,and also various vegetables.

Roast Lamb

Succulent and tender

roast lamb is a Kiwi favorite. New Zealand lamb is held in high respect throughout the world and is one of the country’s top specialist meats. Best enjoyed when flavored with rosemary and plenty of seasonal veggies, roast lamb is a meal that is sure to impress your taste buds. You'll find it on the menu of the best restaurants nationwide.

what are the religious beliefs of maori?:

religious symbols

At the center of Maori religion there were the Atua or gods. In Maori beliefs the natural and supernatural worlds were one . In Maori tradition all living things were linked through whakapapa. Tane, the god of the forest, shaped the first woman, Hineahuone, from soil and took her as his wife. They became the ancestors of human beings.

religious symbols

what kind of clothing did the Maori traditionally wear?: many traditional Maori clothing include shoulder garments, waist garments,kilt-like garments, belts and sandals. The Maori used plants, feathers and animal skins to make their clothing, which revealed a person's position and further improve the clothing's appeal.

many Maori wore more rain capes, which were shorter than a traditional cloak and protected the person who wore it from rain and wind. many maori were barefoot most of the times but they wore sandals made out of flax, cabbage-tree leaves and grass to protect their feet from rocky grounds when crossing.


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