Welcome to my personal travel journal! If you don't know me, that's OK! I hope you'll enjoy reading about some of my adventures and misadventures, and hopefully learn something new about a corner of the world.

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2015-10-06: Day 8 of Niue in 2011.
2015-10-05: Day 7 of Niue in 2011.
2015-09-29: Day 6 of Niue in 2011.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

There was an interesting exhibit on the Moriori which sought to clarify some misconceptions. Apparently, they were not wiped out from New Zealand by invading Maoris as commonly believed - this was a story promoted in part due to political reasons. It is now believed that the Moriori are an offshoot of Maoris who settled in the Chatham Islands and adopted a policy of non-violence. Sadly, this resulted in them being effectively wiped out by a Maori invasion in the 1830s, an account made popular by the book and film Cloud Atlas, and touched upon in the popular book Guns, Germs, and Steel. One of the more haunting reminders of the Morioris now are numerous faces carved in the trees on the Chatham Islands. I wonder if this was one of the inspirations for the "Children of the Forest" in the Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones) series. Pictured here are feeding funnels used by the Moriori during long and painful tattooing.