This film explores a dying part of Maori culture heritage - the moko, or chin tattoo, and the full-blooded Maori women who wear it as a mark of rank and tribal respect.
Into Antiquity is a mood piece about a dying New Zealand society - the kuia, the full-blooded Maori women who wear the moko, or chin tattoo, as a mark of rank and tribal respect. The film shows the dignity and sadness of these women - the last of the old-time Maori. Since the film was made, many of the kuia have died, and with them they have taken a rich part of Maori cultural heritage. This film explores the methods used by the tattooing specialists and the significance of the moko to the Maori people (who are the native inhabitants of New Zealand) and records some of the memories of kuias whose remembrances stretch from the Maori wars of the last century.