Essay about Tattoos : Culture And Culture

1593 Words Nov 29th, 2016 7 Pages
The entire Grounder culture takes aspects from real life cultures while also portraying them as savages. For example, tattoos are important to the Grounder culture, many characters have facial tattoos such as Emroi, introduced later but with a clear Maori tattoo. The Grounders are often portrayed with Tribal tattoos, clearly stolen from a variety of native cultures that use specific designs to create symbolic cultural meaning. Historically, Native people, with me concentrating on the Moari people, were seen as inferior to the colonizing west, they were constantly persecuted if they chose to get them done. Ta Moko is the traditional tattooing of the Moari people, though it differs from tattooing as the skin had to be carved into to create the distinct lines. These moko 's have specific cultural meaning specific to different families and tribes, they are not just pretty marks to exotify one 's character as the 100 uses them. Facial moko 's are especially important as they are an identifying mark of one 's culture. When New Zealand was colonized by the British, the Maori people suffered greatly, everything from a loss of land to loss of lives. The missionaries were disgusted by these acts and vilified the tradition. It is colonialist to take away this identity from the Maori people

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