Unidentified Maori woman, circa 1885, with a chin moko and feathers in her hair

Unidentified Maori woman, circa 1885, with a chin moko and feathers in her hair

Wetekia Ruruku Elkington, a Maori woman, taken around 1900. Some of her story at the link

Wetekia Ruruku Elkington, a Maori woman, taken around 1900. Some of her story at the link

ta moko  | Ta Moko, le Tatouage Maori | Les Petits Bonheurs de Sophie

Ta Moko, le Tatouage Maori

ta moko | Ta Moko, le Tatouage Maori | Les Petits Bonheurs de Sophie

Maori Moko | Tatouage Maori New Zelande

Maori Moko | Tatouage Maori New Zelande

Portrait of a lady Maori

Portrait of a lady Maori

Maori Women Dressed in Traditional Maori Costume, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand

Maori Women Dressed in Traditional Maori Costume, Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand

In modern day New Zealand, there is nothing that makes the statement “I am Maori” more clearly than a full-face moko.

In modern day New Zealand, there is nothing that makes the statement “I am Maori” more clearly than a full-face moko.

" The male facial tattoo is generally divided into eight sections:  1. Uirere (hapu rank) – the eyes and nose area  2. Taitoto (birth status) – the jaw  3. Ngakaipikirau (rank) – the center forehead area  4. Raurau (signature) – the area under the nose  5. Wairua (mana) – the chin  6. Ngunga (position) – around the brows  7. Taiohou (work) – the cheek area  8. Uma (first or second marriage) – the temples "

" The male facial tattoo is generally divided into eight sections: 1. Uirere (hapu rank) – the eyes and nose area 2. Taitoto (birth status) – the jaw 3. Ngakaipikirau (rank) – the center forehead area 4. Raurau (signature) – the area under the nose 5. Wairua (mana) – the chin 6. Ngunga (position) – around the brows 7. Taiohou (work) – the cheek area 8. Uma (first or second marriage) – the temples "

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maori chief, watene

maori chief, watene

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