I had an interesting talk with my 87 year old mother-in-law. She was sharing with me how she loved and respected her mother who had a moko kauae. Woman were selected from their whanau (family) to wear it with pride, mana, respect and to be leaders for their hapu (sub tribe).
Reading the news where a Pakeha (European) woman had been tattooed with a moko kauae on her chin and all the debate and discussion it has brought about.
This is a traditional Maori taonga (treasure) that has whakapapa (genealogy) to your tupuna (ancestors) and identity of who you are and where you come from.
Who am I to judge? It would need the authorisation from your whanau, kaumatua and kuia.
I personally feel this acknowledges the importance of our wahine (woman) and how they are the bearers of our tamariki (children). Especially on how tapu (scared) the head is.
Title: Moko Kauae – Maori Tattoo on woman’s chin/lips
Medium: Oil Pastel, colouring pencil & dyes on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 18 Artwork Project 313
This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313