Maori by joshua woodfall

The Chatham Islands

Who are the Maori? - The Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. They arrived in New Zealand from eastern Polynesia, some time before 1300 CE. The Maori live in the Chatham Islands. Maori are believed to have migrated to the Chatham Islands from the South Island of New Zealand.


Maori Tradition - In recent years, children in New Zealand are encouraged to speak Maori. Traditional Carvers also pay a respect to the past by creating creative and detailed artworks. Maori tradition and culture are respected and viewed by New Zealand leaders today. Schools also take into account Maori, by involving it in their curriculum.

What do Maori's Eat? - The word for food in Maori is Kai. Kai was an important part of festivals when people would come together to enjoy and share entertainment, hospitality and knowledge at their feasts. Such food includ pāua (abalone), pipi, tuatua, titiko (mud snails), mussels, limpets and cat's eyes. Seafood was often cooked from a heated rock. Shellfish was often eaten raw and they would usually preserve their food to eat or trade later.


Maori Art - You can see artworks at Māori art forms, at different centres and studios throughout New Zealand. One such place is Te Puia in Rotorua, which invites visitors into its schools to watch the artists at work.

Maori Tatoos

Maori Tatoos: This form of art was brought to the Maori from Polynesia and is considered highly sacred. Facial tatoos are considered the most popular and are highly valued. This tattoo covered the whole face and symbolised rank, social status, power and prestige.

Maori Legends: Maui was a demi-god. He possessed magic powers that not all of his family knew about.

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Joshua Woodfall


Created with images by holgerheinze0 - "maori warrior weapon" • Archives New Zealand - "Rēkohu /Wharekauri /Chatham Islands"

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