eastern polynesia


People of the World: Māori - Photographs by  Jimmy Nelson

The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. The Māori originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of canoe voyages at some time between 1250 and 1300 CE. Over several centuries in isolation, the Polynesian settlers developed a unique culture that became known as the “Māori”, with their own language, a rich mythology, distinctive crafts and performing arts. Early Māori formed tribal groups, based on eastern Polynesian social customs and organization. Horticulture flourished using plants they introduced, and later a prominent warrior culture emerged.


Arabian Cowry (Mauritia arabica)

…a species of cowry (Cypraeidae) which is widely distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific, from East and South Africa (excluding the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf) to eastern Polynesia, north to Japan, and south to New South Wales, Australia. Arabian cowries will typically spend most of their time dwelling under stones and in caverns in the outskirts of coral reefs . They are chiefly nocturnal and like other cowries will feed on a range of sessile organic materials 


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Images: Was a bee and H. Zell

anonymous asked:

Technically, most polynesians came from Hawaii however all of those Hawaiians came from island places around and including Taiwan. This has been tested using DNA which doesn't change through generations. The Taiwanese language also has similarities to island languages such as Maori.

do you a link have the dna study? i’d like to read it but i couldn’t find anything on google lmao

i think all i can say on our homelands is that thousands of years ago the first polynesians migrated from asia and a few thousand years later my maori ancestors migrated from somewhere in eastern polynesia