Nikora, L.W., & White, H. (2008). Ngōku whakaaro – hei maumaharatanga. Maori women facial adornment: A mark of remembrance. Paper presented at the Traditional Knowledge Symposium, 10th Festival of Pacific Arts, 25th July. Pagopago, American Samoa.
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To honour the life and memory of the late Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu, and the elevation of her son King Tuheitia, a group of women from Tainui iwi under took the process of taking moko kauae - of colouring their chins with traditional patterns. The adornment process took place at Turangawaewae marae with family, friends, elders, and grandchildren. In this presentation we will talk about the journey of these women to prepare themselves for their transformations, the process they went through, and their lives since. We will also consider how their decision also meant exposure to outside opinion, the associated risks of objectification, “image-snatching”, and cultural and intellectual property issues.
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