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Prior to my trip to New Zealand I became very curious about learning of Maori people My thoughts wondered around how Maori looked and lived At this stage I began creating my own definition of Maori A very complex imagery developed in my mind which impaired me to see the reality Ethnocentric ideas such as coming from simple backgrounds heritage or identity unbeknown to them living in mud huts and secluded into the jungle were some of the tools used to compare physical aspects of indigenous people that I knew to the ways in which Maori lived Like in the movies I imagined Maori wearing revealing outfits consistent with the idea that aborigines by nature expose their body parts On the contrary Maori customary outfits and traditions are unique and characteristic Piupius are traditional Maori skirts They are made of flax strands and mostly worn during ceremonial activities Another misconception relates to physical appearance I noticed that some Maori have a darker complexion than others I thought sun burn was the cause of this incidence I also noticed that their natural hair is very long and wavy both male and female wear it with pride Height is at an even playing field the average Maori is not tall A report written by Dr Te Rangi Hiroa in the Journal of Polynesian Society makes emphasis on the physical characteristics of the average Maori soldier The report explains that most Maori are short the average height is 54 Most of this predisposition relates to mixed genetic dominance European and Polynesian Lastly I believed that they were totally disconnected from the 20th century advancements and technologies but this was a major misconception When I arrived I could not believe my eyes I saw Maori as an advanced culture relating in a modern way with every aspect of contemporary
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