I like Location the Maori!The islands of New Zealand are thehomelands of the Maori. New Zealandhas two islands the north island and thesouth island . The North Island is hilly withareas that are really flat. The south islandis larger and it has more mountains. TheMaori speak English and Maori.
It is believed that the traditional Maoripeople traveled to the North Islandaround the fourteenth century. Theislands of Polynesia are the originalhomeland of the traditional Maoripeople. The New Zealand population is4 million of which Maori consist ofapproximately 600,000 people.
People refer to two branches of Maori,the archaic, and the traditional. Thearchaic Maori were the originalinhabitants of New Zealand. They reliedon the Moa, a fat, flightless bird thatthey hunted to extinction. Their culturedates back to around 1000 AD. Thetraditional Maori are believed to havearrived at the North Island around the14Th century. The original homeland ofthe traditional Maori was in the SocietyIslands of Polynesia.
Many Maori people today are Christianand Mormon. They become Christian whenEuropean settlers that belonged to theChurch of England and the RomanCatholic church arrived in New Zealand.The Maori are the native people of NewZealand and the original Maori religion wasbased on the concepts of spiritual powers.
Maori Christians celebrate the majorChristian holidays with other New ZealandChristians of European descent. Waitangiday is February 6Th . It represents thesigning of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840that specified Maori rights and privileges.
Clothing Maori’s usually wear western styleclothing, but they wear their traditionalclothes for special occasions. Tattooingis huge to the Maori and it is a symbol .Maori face tattoos were created bytwo methods. One was by piercing andputting color into the skin with atattooing comb.
Male face tattooing, called ta moko,was done in ages in a males lifethrough adulthood. Female Maori werealso tattooed. Female facial tattooingwas known as ta ngutu. Designs wereplaced on the chin and on the lip.There is a growing revival of this artamong younger Maori women now. Inthe next slide their is a picture of one ofthe Maori chief’s clothes.
A Maori cultural event is a Marae, anenclosed area of land where ameeting place or Wharerui. A Marae isthe center for most of the Māori’s life.Generally the Maori language is used inceremonies and speeches, althoughtranslations are used when the otherpeople are not Maori languagespeaking.
New Zealand schools and universitieshave their own Marage to facilitate theteaching of Māori language andculture.
The Marae is a communal ceremonialcenter where meetings andceremonies take place in accordancewith traditional protocols. The maraesymbolizes group unity and generallyconsists of an open cleared area infront of a large carved meeting house,along with a dining hall and otherfacilities necessary to provide acomfortable stay for visiting groups. Onthe marae official functions take placeincluding formal welcomes,celebrations, weddings, christenings,reunions, and tangihanga (funerals).
The carvings here show old ancestorsthat were usually to them important orsomeone who has died, but the peopledon’t have to be special. This elderMaori has tattooed his face showingthat he has been in that tribe for a longtime.
These are Maori war canoes calledWakas. They used them for going toplaces and to offend another place.Dozens of Maoris can fit into one ofthese long row canoes. Althoughpictures of Maori in these long boatsshow that they are rowing they usuallyused the big sails on the back of thembecause it was very faster than therowing way.
This is the Maori intimidating dance, theHaka. It was to intimidate enemies thatchallenge them for a battle. They did itin the midst of battle to weaken theirenemies and scare them. They made itbecause they were cannibals and itlooks like they want to eat you.
When they stick their tongue out itmeans I will eat you.
This is the traditional Maori way of sayinghello (Kia ora).They press noses to showthat they care for each other and thatthey are connected because they arethe same type.
This is a Hangi which is a traditional Maoricooking method using heated rocksburied in a pit. In this picture it shows ametal covering over the food but it wasoriginally over sticks. Maori were awarethat earth was the giving of life from thesoil came food which was beneath theearth.
Kai is the word for food in Maorilanguage. Kai is a huge festival wherethey have all king of food. The Maorisusually eat any food they can find. Fruitsand vegetables vary but one of thedifferent fruits there is the Kiwi. Originally,the fruit came from New Zealand, butover time, seeds got imported toAmerica and other parts of the world.
This concludes the Maori culture I hope youliked our presentation.