embodied symbols in traditional and contemporary tattoos and body modification in the Pacific and Aotearoa / New Zealand. This is a photo of George Nuku,Maori master carver, sculptor artist and bearer of Ta Moko (traditional Maori tattoo).
Moko Kauae (kawai); marks the accomplishment of the individual being tattooed within his/her personal growth. It signifies growth, maturity and successfully coming out of a liminal period.The moko kauae is representative of mana & bearers of this particular type of moko are known by the community for their positive contributions to the development & well-being of the tribe. It is also a signifier of belonging & of Maori identity and pride.