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- WHAT IN THE WORLD? OVER THE FENCE
Yesterday I introduced you to the beautiful land of my forefathers, New Zealand. Today I would like to introduce you to their indigenous people, the Maori.
These wonderful Polynesian people are the natives of the land. Because their ancestors traveled from the Pacific Islands, their art is rich in symbolism. Maori art is inseparable from Maori culture. It is like a living organism that exists in the spirit of the Maori people and drives them toward wider horizons and greater achievement.
The Maori have a warrior culture, as they protected their lands from foreign invasion. They call themselves, in their own language, tangata whenua, or people of the land. They had elaborate facial tattoos, especially on their tongues to add to their warrior appearance.
|A 20th century carving depicting the mythical navigator KUPE fighting two sea creatures|
|A Maori god made from jade|
On today in American history, people in gardens everywhere were talking about: