Identity, Culture, and Organisation
Continuity and Change
Cross curricular links
The Arts - Visual Art
Levels 2 - 5
Years 3 -10
Excellence, Innovation, inquiry, and curiosity, Diversity
Thinking, Relating to others, Participating and contributing
Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:
- Understand how cultural practices reflect and express people's customs, traditions, and values
- Understand how cultural practices vary but reflect similar purposes
- Understand how people pass on and sustain culture and heritage for different reasons and that this has consequences for people
- Understand how cultural interaction impacts on cultures and societies
- Students will understand the cultural context of tā moko practice
- Students will understand how this practice has changed and developed over time
- Students will understand how many cultures have used varying forms of body adornment
- Students will understand the resurgence of body adornment amongst many cultures
Post and pre-visit activities
- Investigate the traditional context of tā moko - students can then share what they have found out.
- Investigate how tā moko differs from tattoo.
- Investigate the different patterns and designs used for tā moko and their meanings.
- Invite a tā moko and/or tattoo artist to visit and talk to students.
- Investigate the different tools used by tā moko artists and how these have changed over time and the impact that these changes have had on tā moko design.
- Invite a member of the school community who might have tā moko to visit and talk to students about the significance that tā moko has for them.
- Investigate different cultures' approaches to body adornment - compare and contrast patterns, styles, and significance.
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King, M. 1992. Moko: Maori Tattooing in the 20th Century. Auckland: David Bateman.
Neleman, H. 1999. Moko: Māori Tattoo. Zurich: Edition Stemmle.
Robley, H G. 1896, reprinted 1987. Moko:The Art of Maori Tattooing. Papakura: Southern Reprints.