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MAORI

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

 

Defining aspects of Maori traditional culture include their tattoos, their dances (of which the Haka is still preformed by the National Rugby Team of New Zealand, All Blacks), their art, legends 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.

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