The Maori are famous for their elaborate and striking Ta Moko tattoos, but they did not create these designs in their homeland of New Zealand. The Maori are believed to have migrated from the Polynesian islands as part of an epic journey that originated in China some 15,000 years ago.
Legend has it that they achieved this massive movement via rafts, and later sea-faring canoes, discovering small islands to land on, using them as stepping stones to help them advance, and steering with their knowledge of the winds and the stars.
One only has to look at the similarity of the tattoo designs and practices in the Polynesian islands and of the Maori to see that these were indeed the same people at one time, sharing a common ancestry.
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