The Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. They probably arrived in south-western Polynesia in several waves at some time before 1300, although dates of up to 2000 years ago still attract some support. The Maori settled the islands and developed a distinct culture. Central to many cultural events is the marae, where families and tribes gather for special occasions. Maori often call themselves "tāngata whenua" (people of the land), placing particular importance on a lifestyle connected to land and sea. Communal living, sharing, and living off the land are strong traditional values. The distinct values, history, and worldview of Maori are expressed through traditional arts and skills such as haka, tā moko, waiata, carving and weaving. The concept of tapu (sacred) is also a strong force in Maori culture, applied to objects, people, or even mountains.
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