“My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul”

The long and intriguing story of the origins of the indigenous Maori people can be traced back to the 13th century, the mythical homeland Hawaiki, Eastern Polynesia. Due to centuries of isolation, the Maori established a distinct society with characteristic art, a separate language and unique mythology.

Defining aspects of Maori traditional culture include art, dance, legends, tattoos and community. While the arrival of European colonists in the 18th century had a profound impact on the Maori way of life, many aspects of traditional society have survived into the 21st century.

Defining aspects of Maori traditional culture include art, legends, tattoos(Ta moko), performances (notably Kapa Haka), customs, hospitality and community.

Tattooing has always been an important part of Maori culture. Receiving tattoos is an important step to maturity and there are many rites and rituals associated with the event. Every member of a Maori tribe had a specific role and a specific place within the social order.

Responses to "Stunning Portraits Of The Maori People By Photographer Jimmy Nelson"

  1. Unknown says:

    Gorgeous. thank you for sharing

  2. Maria Villers says:

    Most beautiful gentle yet fierce people, and you've captured both aspects.

  3. Unknown says:

    So honored that these beautiful people allowed us a glimpse into their lives. Thank you.

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