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Portrait of a woman from the Aperahama family of Manaia, with a hei tiki, cloak, and feathers.

Maori girl wearing Hei Tiki,huia feathers in her hair, ear ornament of ribbon, and korowai (tag cloak).

Mannequin/life caste of a Maori chief wearing a rain cape over a korowai (tag cloak); holding a taiaha (ceremonial and fighting staff), wearing a hei tiki (neck pendant), and two huia feathers in his hair.  | 19th century | Photographic print; © The Trustees of the British Museum

Mannequin/life caste of a Maori chief wearing a rain cape over a korowai (tag cloak); holding a taiaha (ceremonial and fighting staff), wearing a hei tiki (neck pendant), and two huia feathers in his hair.

Meri Te Tai Mangakahia (1868–1920) campaigned for women’s suffrage in New Zealand. She was the first woman to address the Maori Kotahitanga Parliament in 1893, arguing that women should vote and hold office.

Meri Te Tai Mangakahia - New Zealand. In 1893 Meri addressed the Maori parliament to ask that Maori women be allowed to vote for and become members of that body.

Maori Women chin tattoos symbolize that she has the authority to speak as a leader within the tribe.

Culture ~ Maori Women chin tattoos symbolize that she has the authority to speak as a leader within the tribe.

Maori Moko | Maori man with a facial Ta Moko tattoo | WE ARE THE WORLD/CULTURES

Like this only the spirals were on my forehead. Maori man with a facial Ta Moko tattoo. Not that I would ever get this kind of tattoo, but I find the tattoo traditions of different cultures fascinating!

Maori woman with tattoo This has meaning it is tradition, it has mana, power.

Maori woman with tattoo This has meaning it is tradition, it has mana, power.

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