Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Village Life Re-Enacted

Tamaki Maori Village near Rotorua is an excellent place to see how a traditional Maori village may have looked hundreds of years ago. The night tour takes you south of the city and into the brooding darkness of a small forested site, where the Tamaki brothers have re-created a traditional village, complete with contemporary lighting and local Maori dressed as they would have been in the old days. The local people reenact the various traditional tribal roles including the arts of tattoo, weaving, song and dance and story telling.I was amused by the number of international tourists on the night I visited, who thought this was a real village and that the 'actors' always dressed this way.

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