The World On My Doorstep

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A Maori Toa

on July 22, 2013

ToaThis great card comes from Lisa in New Zealand. She tells me that the Maori word for New Zealand (Aotearoa) actually means ‘land of the long white cloud’ because there is so much water surrounding the country that it is often shrouded in mist. Very interesting, I didn’t know that at all. The Toa are traditionally chosen at an early age as Maori warriors and the one in the picture is holding a Taiaha – a dual ended weapon with a club at the top and a spear at the bottom. Amazing card and so informative!

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