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Moko (Tattoo) was a highly skilled trade and artists were treated with the utmost respect.The application was performe with a light tapping.Chisels were made from raupo or wood with blades of bone,paua shell,sharks teeth,and virtually anything that could be fashioned in to a cutting tool.Permanentdyes were made from burnt ash,plants and a special worm.It was protocol not to have any clothing and the tattooed person was fed with a stick (like a fork) for many weeks until the wounds healed.The Moko describes their ancestry,skills,tribe and more.
August 18th, 2010
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