Roger Te Tai prepares for his ta moko; a traditional Māori face and head tattoo.
The ta moko is considered a taonga (treasure) to Māori for which the purpose and applications are sacred.
Every moko contains ancestral/tribal messages specific to the wearer. These messages tell the story of the wearer's family and tribal affiliations, and their place in these social structures.
A moko’s message would also contain the wearer’s understanding of their personal value, by way of their genealogy as well as the knowledge and responsibilities of their social position.
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