Tuesday, April 7, 2015


KiaOra, pronounced keyORa is a Moari word for Hello, Welcome, Thanks, kind of like aloha.

On Saturday, I went to Tamaki village, saw traditional Moari (first people in New Zealand) dance, songs, games, greeting ritual and shared a traditional feast.  It was very entertaining and educational.
The Moari men tattoo their face, one side showing the family history of their mother's family and the other side showing the history of the father's family.  They used makeup for the performances, as this is sharing of the traditions, and they have a regular job for support themselves.  The women had facial makeup tattoos, just on their chin. 

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