Kōrero: Samoans

Woman's tattoo (2 o 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

Permission of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Misatauveve Melani Anae, 'Samoans - Culture and identity', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/1572/womans-tattoo (accessed 26 September 2021)

He kōrero nā Misatauveve Melani Anae, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015