Traditional Māori Culture and Customs

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The Māori world is rich in tikanga. Find out about the types of weaving, whakapapa, and whakairo, patterns (kowhaiwhai), moko, cooking a hāngī, waiata, dances (peruperu), legends and the protocol for visitors to follow on a marae. SCIS no. 1809077

social_sciences, arts, Māori, english, history

War dance, 1844

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Peruperu

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Erena 

Robley, Horatio Gordon 1840-1930 :Erena. [1864?]

Alexander Turnbull Library

New Zealand Māori woman

New Zealand Maori

Auckland Libraries

Weaving

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Diggeress Te Kanawa

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Māori woman weaving taniko

Maori woman weaving taniko

Alexander Turnbull Library

Māori women weaving flax

Maori women weaving flax

Alexander Turnbull Library

Child feeding a tohunga

Child feeding a tohunga, around 1863

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Waka

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Korowai (cloak)

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Waka prow

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Waka taua, 1769

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Waka huia

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Elements of Māori carving

Elements of carving

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Māori carving in shadows

Maori Carving in Shadows

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

A hāngī

Uncovering a hāngī

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Meal time in a Māori village

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Māori village with potato crops

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Māori gardens

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Māori village at Te Kumi

Burton, Alfred Henry, 1834?-1914: Maori village at Te Kumi

Alexander Turnbull Library

Parkuni,

Village of Parkuni, River Hokianga

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Slaves Preparing Food

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Wharepuni

Wharepuni, Northland

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Mahina-a-Rangi meeting house

Mahina-a-Rangi meeting house, Turangawaewae Marae, Ngaruawahia

Alexander Turnbull Library

Taniwha stamp

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Kapa haka

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Kapa haka festival

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Moko kauae

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Te Rauparaha's moko

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Richard Nunns

Kete Aronui - Richard Nunns

NZ On Screen

Haka pōwhiri

Haka pōwhiri, 1946

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The Beginner's guide to visiting the Marae

The Beginner's Guide to Visiting the Marae

NZ On Screen

Carving of Paikea, Whāngārā

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Matariki waiata

Matariki Waiata (Song)

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Rongoā Māori

Services to Schools

How to cook a hangi

Services to Schools

Māori culture

Services to Schools

Man and sea

Services to Schools

Haka

Services to Schools

Tikanga

Services to Schools

Haka

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Tāniko weaving

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Māori Battalion performing a Haka

Members of the Maori Battalion performing a haka, Maadi, Egypt

Alexander Turnbull Library

Haka Ref: E-453-f-001

Strutt, William 1825-1915 :The Maori war dance [1855 or 1856]

Alexander Turnbull Library

Āpirana Turupa Ngata leading a haka

Apirana Turupa Ngata leading a haka at the 1940 centennial celebrations, Waitangi

Alexander Turnbull Library

Four Māori girls and one young Māori man

[Merrett, Joseph Jenner] 1815-1854 :[Four Maori girls and one young Maori man. ca. 1846]

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Māori artifacts in the Auckland Museum

Maori artifacts in the Auckland Museum

Alexander Turnbull Library

Ngāti Tūwharetoa haka

Men of Ngati Tuwharetoa performing a haka at Tokaanu

Alexander Turnbull Library

Tuhoe haka

Photographs of Tuhoe protesters, Wellington

Alexander Turnbull Library

Maramataka

Services to Schools

The great fish of Maui

Services to Schools

Tangata whenua

Services to Schools

Māori culture & customs

National Library of New Zealand

Matariki

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Haka

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