All About the Maori People

By: Maura Thiboldeaux and Alex Saurman

Maori Religion and gods

  • Earth was created when the sky father, Rangi joined with the earth mother, Papa, god of war,Tumatauenga and the god of the forest, Tane Mahuta.
  • Tane pulled Rangi and Papa apart forming day and night.
  • In his sadness of their separation, Rangi's tears created the oceans.
  • Tane Mahuta, with his own breath, created the first woman, Hine Hauone.

Maori Art

  • Their art was created to serve a practical or symbolic purpose
  • Artists added their own twist to international modernism
  • Carved wood, stone, and bone
  • Patterns were inspired by different parts of nature


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Maori Language

  • The official name for this language is called Te Reo Māori
  • Formed from Polynesian descent from South East Asia
  • Alphabet contains 15 letters: h,k,m,n,p,r,t,w,a,e,i,o,u,wh,and ng
  • According to a 2006 statistics, about only 20% of Maori people still regularly speak the language.
Room 6's entry for Te Reo Maori