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Young Maori man performing in a kapahaka group. Apparently (based on Flickr tags) taken during a Maori dance troupe event in Rotorua.

Young Maori man performing in a kapahaka group. Apparently (based on Flickr tags) taken during a Maori dance troupe event in Rotorua.

A Maori warrior with a ta moko (facial tattoo) performs a war haka (dance), Te Puia (New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute), Rotorua, Ne...

A Maori warrior with a ta moko (facial tattoo) performs a war haka (dance), Te Puia (New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute), Rotorua, Ne...

Traditional Maori dancers A brief history and explanation of the Haka: http://www.newzealand.com/travel/app_templates/haka/index_content.html

Traditional Maori dancers A brief history and explanation of the Haka: http://www.newzealand.com/travel/app_templates/haka/index_content.html

The Haka - Maori - Aotearoa - Warrior dance from New Zealand

The Haka - Maori - Aotearoa - Warrior dance from New Zealand

The Traditional Maori Pukana. This is where those performing stare wildly & dilate their eyes. It is done by both genders when performing the haka and waiata to emphasise particular words. The culture of New Zealand.

The Traditional Maori Pukana. This is where those performing stare wildly & dilate their eyes. It is done by both genders when performing the haka and waiata to emphasise particular words. The culture of New Zealand.

The Maori haka dance is used to display strength and fearlessness

The Maori haka dance is used to display strength and fearlessness

Maori Haka. Traditional male dance of Aotearoa (Land of the Long White Cloud) better known as New Zealand.

Maori Haka. Traditional male dance of Aotearoa (Land of the Long White Cloud) better known as New Zealand.

As a polytheist culture, the Maori worshipped many gods, goddesses and spirits. Maori believe that ancestors and supernatural beings are ever-present and able to help the tribe in times of need. Myths are set in the remote past. They present Maori ideas about the creation of the universe and the origins of gods and of people.

As a polytheist culture, the Maori worshipped many gods, goddesses and spirits. Maori believe that ancestors and supernatural beings are ever-present and able to help the tribe in times of need. Myths are set in the remote past. They present Maori ideas about the creation of the universe and the origins of gods and of people.

While the arrival of Europeans had a profound impact on the Maori way of life, many aspects of traditional society have survived into the 21st century. The Maori participate fully in all spheres of New Zealand culture and society, leading largely Western lifestyles while also maintaining their own cultural and social customs.

While the arrival of Europeans had a profound impact on the Maori way of life, many aspects of traditional society have survived into the 21st century. The Maori participate fully in all spheres of New Zealand culture and society, leading largely Western lifestyles while also maintaining their own cultural and social customs.

The origin of the Maori has been reliably traced to the islands of Eastern Polynesia. Their journey to New Zealand from the mythical homeland Hawaiki occurred in a number of epic waka (canoe) voyages over a significant period of time. Legend has it that twelve large canoes each carried a different tribe (iwi). Even today, most Maori people can tell which original tribe they are descendants of.

The origin of the Maori has been reliably traced to the islands of Eastern Polynesia. Their journey to New Zealand from the mythical homeland Hawaiki occurred in a number of epic waka (canoe) voyages over a significant period of time. Legend has it that twelve large canoes each carried a different tribe (iwi). Even today, most Maori people can tell which original tribe they are descendants of.