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Puaki - Tā moko exhibition to debut at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi

 In Māori culture, it is believed everyone has a tā moko under the skin, just waiting to be revealed.

The problem is, when photographs of tā moko were originally taken in the 1850s, the tattoos barely showed up at all. The wet-plate photographic method used by European settlers served to erase this cultural marker - and as the years went by, this proved true in real life, too. The ancient art of tā moko was increasingly suppressed as Māori were assimilated into the colonial world.

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