The Moari (tangata whenua) are indigenous people of New Zealand. The first people to arrive there were Pacific Islanders, who traveled the seas in giant canoes. They use the stars, sun, and sea currents to navigate and find land, they traveled from island to island. Over a period of 500 years many canoes brought people to Aotearoa, "The Land of the Long White Cloud," as New Zealand was then called. The descendants of the seagoing travellers are now known as Maoris.
The moari's have a rich culture, filled with tradition and legend. Legend is passed down through the generations by story telling, telling stories of the creation of the islands of New Zealand and many more.
The Maoris believe in gods which represented the sky, earth, forests, and other forces of nature. The Maori people also believe that the spirits of their ancestors could be called to help them in war or when they need help.
The haka is one of the most important traditions in the moari culture, it is a type of ancient Māori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield, as well as when groups come together in peace. Haka is a fierce dance, showing pride, strength and unity. Each action within the dance has a meaning depending on the words. The actions involve violent foot-stepping, tongues sticking out in weird positions and rhythmic body slapping to make loud noises.
Today, haka are still used during Māori ceremonies and celebrations to honour or welcome guests and show the importance of the occasion. This includes family events,such as birthdays and weddings. Haka are also used to challenge opponents on the sports field. You may have seen a haka performed by New Zealand’s All Blacks team before a rugby match.
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This photo below is a Marae which is full of carved buildings and ground that belongs to a particular iwi (tribe), hapu (sub tribe) or whanau (family). Marae are used for meetings, celebrations, funerals, educational workshops and other important tribal events.