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Tattooed History

Tattooed History

The Story of Mokomokai

By (author) Robert Kirkwood Paterson


Publishing 9th Aug 2021
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    • Tattooed History: The Story of Mokomokai presents in a new way, and in a new light, the ancient art of tattooing among the Maori people
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    Tattooed History: The Story of Mokomokai traces the history, the preservation and the great success among collectors all over the world of Moko tattoos. They were used by the Maori people to emphasise their high social status. Through in-depth texts and historical testimonies we can discover and understand the motivations that pushed these peoples to preserve Mokomokai heads. When a member of the tribe died, the tattooed face was preserved and kept for sacred ceremonies, just as the faces of enemies killed in battle were considered spoils of war. 

    About the Author

    Robert K. Paterson is a professor emeritus of law at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. He obtained his law degree in New Zealand and then completed a JSM at Stanford Law School in California. 

    5 Continents Editions
    Publish date
    9th Aug 2021
    Paperback / softback
    World excluding Italy
    240 mm x 190 mm
    164 Pages
    60 color
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