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5 Interesting Facts of the Maori People

 

1. EACH MAORI TATTOO IS UNIQUE

Ta moko is the traditional art of tattooing in the Maori culture. They are unique on each individual because they show that person’s genealogy, knowledge and social status with their tribe (or “iwi”). “Moko” was originally done with pigment on the end of a sharp bone hit into the skin.

 

2. THERE USED TO BE NO WRITTEN LANGUAGE

Before the European settlers arrived in New Zealand, there was no written language for Maori, otherwise known as Te reo Maori. Instead, history was also taught orally through stories or depicted in carvings. That’s why the Maori are among some of the most incredible story-tellers you’ll ever meet.

 

3. THE HAKA IS NOT ONLY A WAR DANCE

Used at the beginning of NZ rugby games it's often believed to be a war dance. While it was used for that purpose, there are many types of Haka used for funerals to motivation for the tribe.

 

4. THE MAORI CULTURE IS ONE OF THE YOUNGEST

The first Maori arrived in New Zealand in the 1300s. As this was only around 700 years ago, this makes the Maori culture one of the youngest in the world.

 

5. MAORI FOOD IS COOKED UNDERGROUND

One of the most traditional and most favoured meals in the Maori culture is something called a Hangi. This is meat and vegetables slow-cooked underground.


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