Story: Samoans

Woman's tattoo (2nd of 2)

Woman's tattoo

Samoan women are tattooed from the knee to the top of the thigh. As can be seen in Greg Semu’s 1994 photograph, a woman’s pe‘a tattoo (sometimes called a malu) is less elaborate than the male pe‘a.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Photograph by Greg Semu, 1994

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Misatauveve Melani Anae, 'Samoans - Culture and identity', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by Misatauveve Melani Anae, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015