The beautiful paua shell of New Zealand | Google Image Result for http://macandrew-intermediate.wikispaces.com/file/view/paua.jpg/34383771/paua.jpg

The beautiful paua shell of New Zealand | Google Image Result for http://macandrew-intermediate.wikispaces.com/file/view/paua.jpg/34383771/paua.jpg

Maori did not have a written language until after the arrival of the missionaries. However, along with the oral histories passed between generations, much of the tribal histories and legends were permanently recorded for all to refer to in the carving and weaving of the various iwi (tribes). Weaving was just as carving a gift from the Gods.

Maori did not have a written language until after the arrival of the missionaries. However, along with the oral histories passed between generations, much of the tribal histories and legends were permanently recorded for all to refer to in the carving and weaving of the various iwi (tribes). Weaving was just as carving a gift from the Gods.

Marae (Maori meeting house) in Nuhaka - love this woman's pictures

Marae (Maori meeting house) in Nuhaka - love this woman's pictures

Aotearoa (NZ) young women in traditional/ceremonial dress - Polynesian Cultural Center

Aotearoa (NZ) young women in traditional/ceremonial dress - Polynesian Cultural Center

Honi-Hongi "The honi is a Polynesian greeting in which two people greet each other by pressing noses and inhaling at the same time. This is a very honorific as this represents the exchange of ha--the breath of life, and mana--spiritual power between two people. This act and the concepts behind it are very unusual to western audiences and care should be taken to explain the spirituality and sacredness of this simple act of greeting." "In ancient times Hawaiians greeted each other by touching…

Honi-Hongi "The honi is a Polynesian greeting in which two people greet each other by pressing noses and inhaling at the same time. This is a very honorific as this represents the exchange of ha--the breath of life, and mana--spiritual power between two people. This act and the concepts behind it are very unusual to western audiences and care should be taken to explain the spirituality and sacredness of this simple act of greeting." "In ancient times Hawaiians greeted each other by touching…

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