About the Maori:
•The Maori are the native people of New Zealand.
•It is believed that the Maori arrived to New Zealand in about 800 A.D.
•Maori art includes wooden masks, woven flax panels, and symbolic paintings.
A defining characteristic of the Maori culture is the striking tattoos that adorn their faces. Full faced tattoos or "moko", amongst the Maori tribes was predominantly a male activity. Female forms of moko were restricted to the chin area, the upper lip, and the nostrils. These tattoos inspired the Maori mask culture. The Maori carve masks out of wood to resemble moko. Each mask is designed to tell a story or history connecting to Maori culture and Identity.