Story: Te Ao Mārama – the natural world

A traditional welcome

A traditional welcome

Noses are pressed in greeting during the a visit of a Native American. Known as the hongi, this practice symbolises peace.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Te Ao Mārama – the natural world - The traditional Māori world view', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 August 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007