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Contemporary attitudes to traditional facial ta moko: A working paper

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Show simple item record Rua, Mohi 2008-06-17T23:21:10Z 2008-06-17T23:21:10Z 1999
dc.identifier.citation Rua, M. (1999). Contemporary attitudes to traditional facial ta moko: A working paper. In Robertson, N. (Ed). Māori and psychology: Research and practice. Proceedings of a symposium sponsored by the Māori & Psychology Research Unit, Department of Psychology, University of Waikato, Hamilton, Thursday 26th August 1999 (pp.27-32). Hamilton, New Zealand: Māori and Psychology Research Unit, University of Waikato. en_US
dc.description.abstract Until it came under serious attack from nineteenth century missionaries, ta moko was an integral part of traditional Maori society. Facial moko conveyed important information about identity, whakapapa and status. The process of receiving a moko was tapu and highly regulated. Recent years have seen an increase in the number of Maori receiving ta moko. Moko have been seen as a symbol of Maori pride and identity and have often been associated with political activism. This study set out to investigate the contemporary meaning of ta moko, the reactions wearers encounter from others and the ways wearers cope with those reactions. Three case studies are presented. These show that the issues of personal identity and whakapapa were central to the meaning wearers attached to their moko. Receiving a moko was often associated with significant personal changes and an increased political commitment to Maori self determination. On the whole, positive reactions were more common than negative reactions but wearers did find themselves subjected to racist and antagonistic responses. Wearing moko was also reported to mean that others, particularly other Maori, placed certain expectations on the wearer, notably to be fluent in te reo and to be able to exercise leadership. Participants considered that there was a need for education about the significance of ta moko and recommended that those contemplating receiving a moko ensure that they are reasonably fluent in te reo. en_US
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dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Maori and Psychology Research Unit, University of Waikato en_US
dc.subject Maori en_US
dc.subject psychology en_US
dc.subject ta moko en_US
dc.subject attitudes en_US
dc.subject case studies en_US
dc.subject Maori tattoo
dc.title Contemporary attitudes to traditional facial ta moko: A working paper en_US
dc.type Conference Contribution en_US

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