Urriten - The Hekaya
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Untitled 18 from Drew Doggett's Omo: Expressions of a People collection. A Suri warrior with donga, or wooden staff. Tribal traditions emphasize the young man’s transformation into a warrior. A Suri boy starts carrying a donga during adolescence, when he rarely goes anywhere without it.
Ta Moko or the facial tattoo has been practiced for over a thousand years by Maori people. It was used as a form of identification, rank, genealogy, tribal history, eligibility to marry, marks of beauty and much more. Both men and women could be marked with ta moko, which were different in shapes and meanings.