I’ve never been outside my beloved country but if given a chance, I would like to visit New Zealand. Why? Because it is a beautiful country and I am very curious about their culture. I’ve read somewhere about their maori carvings. It is one of the most famous products of New Zealand because it preserves the history and culture of the Maori people. Carving plays a big part on the culture of the Maoris or the indigenous people of New Zealand.

Carving was brought by the Maori people to New Zealand from their ancestral homeland, the Hawaiki. There is a unique and distinctive style to the carvings of the Maori people which is brought by their isolation from the rest of the Polynesia. The symbols on their carvings portrayed their deep devotion to their religion and culture. Their most famous symbols are the Koru which is the symbol of life and birth, and the Tikis which present fertility and protection.

The most common subject I see among the Maori carving is the sea creatures. That is because these sea creatures are very special animals to Maoris. One of their most famous carvings, which I want to see in person, is the Manaia and Marakihau which is a figure of a bird’s head and sea monster which took a human form. But the most prized and revered carve item of the Maori people is the waka huia carvings which survived one generation to another. These waka huai carvings are exquisite boxes for small family treasures.

What I love about the maori carvings is that each element has its own specific meaning.Each carving portrays the life and culture of the indigenous people and the way they portray it shows a very special character.