A quick reference to the maori shapes and symbols used in some of our jewellery. You can also view it here http://www.pauaworld.com/maori-shapes-and-symbols/ #samoan #tattoo

A quick reference to the maori shapes and symbols used in some of our jewellery. You can also view it here http://www.pauaworld.com/maori-shapes-and-symbols/ #samoan #tattoo

Kane (men) dancing hula kahiko (ancient hula). Photo by Kai Markell of Honolulu, Hawai'i.

Kane (men) dancing hula kahiko (ancient hula). Photo by Kai Markell of Honolulu, Hawai'i.

TAHITI. Two women in a banana grove whose faces resemble a Gauguin painting, photo Burt Glinn, 1960.

TAHITI. Two women in a banana grove whose faces resemble a Gauguin painting, photo Burt Glinn, 1960.

"Luzon Woman, circa between 1870-1914 (A mestizo Chinese Filipina woman from Luzon)."  Filipino mestizo is a term used in the Philippines to describe people of mixed Filipino and any foreign ancestry. The word mestizo is of Spanish origin, and was originally used in the Americas to only describe people of mixed European and Native American ancestry.  Most Filipinos are Malayo-Polynesian, a major group within the Austronesian language family.

"Luzon Woman, circa between 1870-1914 (A mestizo Chinese Filipina woman from Luzon)." Filipino mestizo is a term used in the Philippines to describe people of mixed Filipino and any foreign ancestry. The word mestizo is of Spanish origin, and was originally used in the Americas to only describe people of mixed European and Native American ancestry. Most Filipinos are Malayo-Polynesian, a major group within the Austronesian language family.

The traditional honi Polynesian greeting, pressing foreheads and noses together and breathing in each other's life essence, LOVE, ALOHA! The breath of life.

The traditional honi Polynesian greeting, pressing foreheads and noses together and breathing in each other's life essence, LOVE, ALOHA! The breath of life.

This journey by raft from Peru to the Polynesian islands was made to test the author's theories of the origin of the Polynesian people and travel by raft between these places by means of riding the ocean currents and winds.

This journey by raft from Peru to the Polynesian islands was made to test the author's theories of the origin of the Polynesian people and travel by raft between these places by means of riding the ocean currents and winds.

✯ Hina is one of the most beloved deities of the Polynesian people and appears in many myths throughout the Pacific. Her role as bringer of life, death and renewal naturally connects her with the waxing and waning of the moon. She also presides over fertility and birth. :: By Lisa Hunt✯

✯ Hina is one of the most beloved deities of the Polynesian people and appears in many myths throughout the Pacific. Her role as bringer of life, death and renewal naturally connects her with the waxing and waning of the moon. She also presides over fertility and birth. :: By Lisa Hunt✯

Many of the traditional dance steps are used in both hula kahiko and hula auana.

Demystifying Hula: The Evolution Of Hawaiian Dance

Many of the traditional dance steps are used in both hula kahiko and hula auana.

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