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dc.contributor.advisorMoon, Paul
dc.contributor.authorHart, Michaela Ngaropaki Teresa
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-25T03:22:19Z
dc.date.available2019-11-25T03:22:19Z
dc.date.copyright2019
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/13045
dc.description.abstractThe primary objective of this work is to examine the way in which ideas about cultural identity are reflected in the current practice of tā moko. The research question asks, does tā moko carry cultural identity for contemporary wearers? What emerges in this study is the way in which contemporary notions of Māori identity – as manifested in tā moko – draw on traditional forms of the art and are imbued with pre-European Māori cultural concepts. However, the modern practice of tā moko also involves an extent of individual agency that is far greater than existed in any previous period. The conclusion reached here is that while the forms, symbolism, and historical resonance of contemporary tā moko are all the choice of the individual receiving the moko (an abrupt departure from traditional practices of tā moko), they are nonetheless an expression of traditional notions of Māori identity. The study uses triangulation of identity theories and qualitative methods that complement an overarching Kaupapa Māori approach. There are two main components as the exegesis is supported by a website. The third, a photographic book to showcase the art of tā moko. The captions linked to the photographs relate specifically to the research question. The website is designed as an online Māori development paper informed by this study. The photographic book relates directly to the research question and provides a voice for contemporary wearers to articulate in their own words the meanings and symbolism associated with their tā moko. It brings into focus in a creative way, the intent of the study which emphasises current practice, to explore symbolic messages that express history and identity.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectTā mokoen_NZ
dc.subjectMokoen_NZ
dc.subjectMāorien_NZ
dc.subjectMāori historyen_NZ
dc.subjectIdentityen_NZ
dc.subjectMāori Identityen_NZ
dc.subjectFacial mokoen_NZ
dc.titleTā moko: Marked Histories and Identitiesen_NZ
dc.typeExegesisen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.levelMasters Theses
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts in Māori Developmenten_NZ
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
dc.date.updated2019-11-25T03:10:39Z


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