Story: Te Ao Mārama – the natural world

Ideas of Māori culture

Ideas of Māori culture

Rotorua women in the 1920s pose for a photographer. They are lowering flax bags filled with food to be cooked in the thermal springs, and their clothes seem traditional, but it is unlikely that such clothes would have been worn for cooking. Pictures like this show how ideas of traditional Māori culture have been distorted.

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How to cite this page:

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Te Ao Mārama – the natural world - The traditional Māori world view', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2023)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007