Welcome to Discuss from Spiral logo

Interactive presentation plan for: New zealand

Activity overview:

7 slides

A visual language for courtship, status and moving into adulthood: How traditional Maori face and body tattoos called Moko describe families and background without words ​
Striking images depict way of life of Maori people, including their unique method of tattooing the face called ta moko​
Called a 'visual language', moko was and is still used for a variety of reasons, including courtship and implying rank​
Images taken by the woman believed to be New Zealand's first ever professional photographer, Elizabeth Pulman​
Collection of photos taken by Pulman during the mid to late 19th century sell for £11,000 at auction in Shropshire​


These striking photos depict just how far the indigenous people of New Zealand were willing to go to honour their heritage and traditions.​
Images taken by the woman believed to be New Zealand's first ever professional photographer, Elizabeth Pulman, demonstrate the traditional method used by the Maori people to 'tattoo' their face and bodies, called ta moko.​
Unlike the majority of tattoos sported by various celebrities and common folk in the modern day, in which the skin is punctured with ink, permanent marking by the Maori was carried out by carving the skin using a mallet and chisel made from albatross bone, and ink pigment from Carui gum and dye from other vegetation.


Called a 'visual language', moko was and is still used for a variety of reasons, including courtship, implying status and marking the important milestone of moving from childhood to adulthood.​
The specific symbols usually tell the story of the wearer's background and family. As well as signalling rank, it was used in traditional times to make a Maori more attractive to the opposite sex.​
Ta Moko was worn by both sexes, and was traditionally applied to the face and buttocks of men, and to the chin, lips and shoulders of women.


There were no set patterns and the meaning of the ta moko was dependent on its placement on the face, with the left signifying the father's history and the right side the mother's history.​
As these black and white images show, the skin was left with grooves as opposed to the smooth surface common with the tattoos of today.​
In recent times there has been a resurgence in the practice of 'chiseling' tattoos on, with pop star Rihanna even going through with the procedure when she got a hand tattoo while touring in New Zealand in 2013.​
Several of the historic 19th-century photos taken by Pulman have now been sold at auction in Shropshire this week, and such was the interest in them that a group from the Maori Society of London travelled to the auction house to bless the lots.

Discuss makes it super easy to make any slideshow into an interactive presentation

Play this activity

* Whiteboard required for teacher-paced activities

Share on:

Share New zealand on Google+ Share New zealand on Twitter Share New zealand on Facebook Pin New zealand Email New zealand

Ready to see what else Spiral logo can do?

With four apps, each designed around existing classroom activities, Spiral gives you the power to do formative assessment with anything you teach.

Quickfire

Carry out a quickfire formative assessment to see what the whole class is thinking

Discuss

Create interactive presentations to spark creativity in class

Team Up

Student teams can create and share collaborative presentations from linked devices

Clip

Turn any public video into a live chat with questions and quizzes

1000s of teachers use Spiral to deliver awesome, engaging activities that capture students' understanding during lessons.

Now it's your turn Sign up

Spiral Reviews by Teachers and Digital Learning Coaches

Spiral
Review of Spiral by teacher: Kathryn Laster @kklaster

Tried out the canvas response option on @SpiralEducation & it's so awesome! Add text or drawings AND annotate an image! #R10tech

Spiral
Review of Spiral by teacher: Room 220 Math Stars @3rdgradeBCE

Using @SpiralEducation in class for math review. Student approved! Thumbs up! Thanks.

Spiral
Review of Spiral by teacher: Miss Ord @ordmiss

Absolutely amazing collaboration from year 10 today. 100% engagement and constant smiles from all #lovetsla #spiral

Spiral
Review of Spiral by teacher: Adam J. Stryker @strykerstennis

Students show better Interpersonal Writing skills than Speaking via @SpiralEducation Great #data #langchat folks!

Spiral
Review of Spiral by teacher: Dr Ayla Göl @iladylayla

A good tool for supporting active #learning.

Spiral
Review of Spiral by teacher: Brett Erenberg @BrettErenberg

The Team Up app is unlike anything I have ever seen. You left NOTHING out! So impressed!

Get the Clip Chrome Extension & Create Video Lessons in Seconds

Add Clip to Chrome