Zealand, known as "Aotearo" land of
the long white cloud, by its Maori natives tattooed their faces. The Maori "moko"
tattoo, reflected their refined artistry, their ties to the land and their
ranking among their peers. The unfurling fern was the symbol used in most
of the Maori tattoo designs. The fern represented the begining and
continuations of life. Despite the dominance of the European culture in New Zealand,
the Maori men and women continued to tattoo their faces. The part of the Maori
tattoo that was extended from the mans mid torso to the knees is known as