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Half sleeve, full sleeve, band, what does it all mean? The following example pictures and explinations are to help the viewer get a better understand of the names also refering to the area and placement. Maori names are given to help identify each one.

Huia

FULL SLEEVE

Below is a sample of a full sleeve design. (cover area ) Starts at top of shoulder to the wrist. Fully wraps around arm

 

Pukeko

THIGH and BUTTOCKS

Below is a sample of a thigh and buttocks design.(cover area ) Covers buttock hips and works its way down to the thigh partially covered

 

 

Pakituri

THIGH partial

(cover area ) Wraps around thigh but not fully thigh partially covered

 

Purerehua

Elbow band

(cover area ) Wraps fully around elbow area thick band design

 

Ruru

Elbow full sleeve

(cover area ) Wraps fully around elbow extends halfway up to upper arm and lower arm.

 

Uma

Chest shoulder

(cover area ) Full Shoulder upper mid chest chest

Tuaraa

Full Back

(cover area ) fully covers back

 

Mako

Lower leg sleeve

(cover area ) Wraps fully around lower leg starts below knee to just above ankle.

 

Takapu

Calf

(cover area) Covers calf muscle partially wraps around

 

Tahau

Shin

(cover area) Covers shin from uder knee to ankle can be extended to include foot

 

Mana

Mana band

(cover area) Can be worn on thigh or lower leg fully wraps around

 

Below is a sample of Maori designed Flash art available to view in this website however it is just a taste of what you will receive as a member.

 

 

While other cultures have the dragon. Nothing would be complete without the mystical and mysterious creatures we call Taniwha whose origins are as old as the earth. The myths and legends surrounding the taniwha are wide and varied throughout New Zealand . Some say the taniwha ruled the world long before humanity existed. They also have a spiritual representation often associated to power and ferocity.

Huia

The native Huia bird now extinct was the prized bird of the Māori warrior because of its tail feathers. Such feathers were revered as taonga - treasures by Māori. The wearing of feathers as ornaments was later adopted by European women as a symbol of social standing.

Kahu

 

 

The native hawk appears in Māori mythology in the story of Maui , where we are told that the colour of its plumage is the result of it having been scorched by the fire of the ancestress Mahuika.

Manaia

 

The Manaia is an ancient symbol and could be said to be one of the primary elements in Whakairo Māori carving today. It is often seen in various styles contorted and twisted into many shapes and forms to represent a birdman with its distinctive beak like appearance. While there are many interpretations as to the meaning of Manaia , it represents two of the most visible celestial bodies in the sky. The beak represents the half moon, while the circle or head represents Tama nui te Rā, the sun.

Hei Tiki

 

The Hei Tiki or Tiki is an ancient symbol worn as a greenstone ornament around the neck by men and women. The popular understanding is that it is a symbol of fertility and growth. There is reference also with the Tiki to the myth of the first man created by Tāne.

Whānau (family)

The elements of whānau -family is universal throughout the world signifying the family unit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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