Museum Volkenkunde Leiden Reviews
to get to know other cultures Sep 06, 2011
I was invited by a friend who is disabled and he wanted to see the exhibition of the Maori and a guide who could explain things to him. Since I'm interested in the Maori people, their culture and tattoos I accepted the invitation. This way we also could catch up, because we hadn't seen each other for quite a while.
The opening of the exhibition started with a Maori ceremony on Friday. On Saturday the famous Dutch tattoo artist Henk Schiffmacher told about his travels to New Zealand, his friendship with the Maori's and off course the meaning of the Maori tattoo's.
I don't think Henk has a virginal spot on his body left, except for his face. His body is covered with traditional tattoo's from around the world. He's also a very good story teller.
According the Maori traditions a tattoo tells something about you, your family and your ancestors. These days tribal tattoo's are very popular in the Western world. In case you want a tribal one do some research before you just copy one. A tattoo is a very personal thing.
The exhibition showed every aspect of Maori life since the beginning, including their struggle with, and demonstrations against the Government. That's the way an exhibition should be held: not only the good part like traditions, rituals, art, housing, family and relationships but certainly history and the first encounters with people from the Western world and the impact it had.....till today.
This beautiful and interesting exhibition is prolonged till the 18th of September 2011. And due to re-organization the entrance is free till the 14th of September 2011. So I would recommend to take this chance and to get to know the interesting life of the Maori!
6 / 6 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!