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based on work by Michael Bradley

Tā moko is the art and practice of traditional Māori tattoo, a taonga that almost disappeared as a result of colonisation. Puaki means “to come forth, to reveal, to give testimony”. Photographer Michael Bradley used this concept as the basis of a project exploring ways that tā moko has been both visible and invisible across the generations. In this article based on his project, four people explain why they proudly wear tā moko and how their facial moko connect the past with the present. The story is complemented by stunning portraits of each storyteller.

Series: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 4

Reading year level: 8

Category: Non-fiction

Related titles: See TSM

Topics: ancestors, artists, artwork, blessing, change, colonisation, culture, decision-making, designs, full-facial moko, haehae, heritage, identity, interview, Māori, mana, moko kauae, photography, puaki, puhoro, ritual, tangata whenua, tā moko, taonga, tattoo, tikanga Māori, tradition, wairua, whakapapa, whānau

In: School Journal Level 4 November 2019

Publication date: November 2019

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