A Maori wood carving
Maori Carving
The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand having settled there hundreds of years ago after extremely dangerous sea journeys from eastern Polynesia. On the pages of this site you will find interesting facts about the Maori. This information includes who the Maori are, where they live, how they got to New Zealand, and when they arrived there. There is also information about their history and culture including their distinctive carvings and jewelry made primarily out of jade (greenstone) and bone. This information is written for both kids and adults.
Bone Art

Maori History Facts

Facts about Maori Culture

Bone Art

Maori Jewelry

Maori jewelry is unique and beautiful and usually incorporates designs and symbols that have cultural significance to the Maori people. Maori jewelry includes jade carvings, bone carvings, and Paua Shell Jewelry.

Maori Carving Designs

The Maori are famous for their beautiful and unique carvings. Maori carvings can be found on their houses, boats, statues, and jewelry. A Maori carving can be made from many different materials including jade, bone, silver, and wood. Some of the most common designs and themes are listed below. Click here for more information about Maori carving designs.

Common Maori Carving Designs

Maori General Facts