This resource has been developed around an event in March 2004. This event celebrated the Māori art of tā moko (skin marking), the customary practice of incising the skin and staining the incisions with ink. The event brought together some of the finest tā moko artists in Aotearoa, who worked on Te Papa’s Marae with the support of kaiawhina (assistants).
This event gave visitors an opportunity not only to observe the practice of tā moko, but also to learn about its whakapapa (genealogy) and the way it expresses both individual and iwi (tribal) identity.
There is a famous saying about the art of tā moko: Taia o moko, hai hoa matenga mou. Only death can deprive you of your moko. It will be your ornament and your companion until your dying day.
View a mihi (welcome) from Derek Lardelli. (mpeg, 2.6 MB)