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New 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 a "puhoro".

 
 
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