Maori Background

The Maori now count the population of about 750,000 people living in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, United States and Canada. Their history goes as far back as AD 1300 when they arrived in New Zealand in their canoes. Maori are famous for their distinctive carving crafts, rich mythology, traditions, rituals, legends, and the performance art of Kapa haka. Initially tribal and warrior groups, occasionally practicing cannibalism, they became skilled hunters, fishers and gardeners, and Maori chiefs are renowned for their extensive tattoos all over

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