Mana, n, Power, authority, or prestige; spec. (in Polynesian and Melanesian religions) an impersonal supernatural power which can be associated with people or with objects and which can be transmitted or inherited.(Maori Chief circa 1900)
Topic: Kaitaka style of cloak | Collections Online - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Kaitaka are the fine flax cloaks of chiefs, made from top-quality muka (flax fibre) and bordered with tāniko (geometric patterning). Woven into them is a story of great artistry and innovation.
Maori woman with a kiwi feather cloak at her feetStanding portrait of an unidentified Maori woman photographed circa 1900 by Frank J Denton of Wanganui. She wears a white tipped feather in her hair, a full length frock with a brooch at the collar, and a Maori cloak decorated with tassles. At her feet is a kahu kiwi (kiwi feather cloak). She stands in front of a painted backdrop.