Legend has it that twelve large canoes each carried a different tribe. Even today, most Maori people can say which original tribe they are descended from

Dying life of the tribe: Spectacular pictures by British photographer capture the people who are in danger of disappearing forever

Legend has it that twelve large canoes each carried a different tribe. Even today, most Maori people can say which original tribe they are descended from

Maori carvings of New Zealand KahuroaKahungunu: Kahungunu was the ancestor of the Māori tribe Ngāti Kahungunu, and is seen here holding a hoe and a canoe paddle. This shows his abilities as a navigator. The carving is part of the canoe house on Treaty grounds, Waitangi.

Maori carvings of New Zealand KahuroaKahungunu: Kahungunu was the ancestor of the Māori tribe Ngāti Kahungunu, and is seen here holding a hoe and a canoe paddle. This shows his abilities as a navigator. The carving is part of the canoe house on Treaty grounds, Waitangi.

The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand and are known as as daring and resourceful adventurers |  British photographer Jimmy Nelson

Dying life of the tribe: Spectacular pictures by British photographer capture the people who are in danger of disappearing forever

The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand and are known as as daring and resourceful adventurers | British photographer Jimmy Nelson

Possibly me one day! Jeremiah 20:9; Exodus 22:18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 all rolled into one tattoo. Can't friggin wait for some money to roll in for the tat.

Possibly me one day! Jeremiah 20:9; Exodus 22:18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 all rolled into one tattoo. Can't friggin wait for some money to roll in for the tat.

Maori grandmother and her granddaughter outside what looks like their village Wharenui (the tribe's main meeting house) - New Zealand; Love this!

Maori grandmother and her granddaughter outside what looks like their village Wharenui (the tribe's main meeting house) - New Zealand; Love this!

The Maori tribe is native to New Zealand; their predecessors having migrated from Eastern Polynesia. The Polynesians first started moving to New Zealand after 800A.D. Hence the Maori tattoos have been around for a very long time and their roots are traced back to the art and culture of Polynesia. There are plenty of Maori tattoos photos or foto tatuaggi Maori as they are referred to in Italian for you to browse through.

The Maori tribe is native to New Zealand; their predecessors having migrated from Eastern Polynesia. The Polynesians first started moving to New Zealand after 800A.D. Hence the Maori tattoos have been around for a very long time and their roots are traced back to the art and culture of Polynesia. There are plenty of Maori tattoos photos or foto tatuaggi Maori as they are referred to in Italian for you to browse through.

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