New Zealand – Polynesian

New Zealand – Polynesian

Pacific Islander | Austronesian

Maori Men performing a haka dance.

Maori Men performing a haka dance. A performance art, haka are often performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment. They are performed to welcome distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions, or funerals.

Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of mainland New Zealand (Aotearoa). They trace their origins to settlers from East Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand through several waves of canoe voyages between approximately 1320 and 1350. The Polynesian culture emerged in Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga from the earlier Lapita culture, which formed through the mixing of Melanesian peoples already living in Near Oceania with migrants from the vicinity of Taiwan. Even before this, there had been several waves or streams of migration continuously across the Pacific in both directions. It is a mistake to think in terms of a single voyage or landfall. Māori are the second-largest ethnic group in New Zealand, after European New Zealanders (commonly known by the Māori name Pākehā). In addition, more than 170,000 Māori live in Australia. The Māori language is spoken to some extent by about a fifth of all Māori, representing three percent of the total population. Māori are active in all spheres of New Zealand

New Zealand- Eastern Polynesian consists of 20,752 individuals who identified as East Polynesian, primarily Maori and Cook Island Maori.

New Zealand- Western Polynesian consists of 5,499 individuals who identified as Western Polynesian, primarily Samoan, Tongan, and Niuen.

[New Zealand (Asian)] [ASTRD338850] Bright, J. A., Buckleton, J. S., & McGovern, C. E. (2010). Allele frequencies for the four major sub-populations of New Zealand for the 15 Identifiler loci. Forensic science international: genetics, 4(2), e65-e66.

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