Vocabulary list for


  1. akua

    a god or goddess

  2. long-distance voyaging

    a long, open–ocean voyage navigated without modern tools or instruments

  3. migrate

    to move to another place and live there

  4. spring

    a place where underground water emerges

  5. ʻawa

    a drink made from the root of the Piper methysticum plant

  6. Polynesia

    a region of the Pacific Ocean that includes the island groups of Hawaiʻi, Aotearoa, Rapanui, Sāmoa, Tonga, Tahiti, and others

  7. Aotearoa

    New Zealand

  8. Māori

    the indigenous people of Aotearoa

  9. kinolau

    many bodies; plant and animal forms that gods can appear in or that are signs for particular gods

  10. kapu

    forbidden, off-limits, sacred

  11. complexion

    skin tone

  12. waʻa


  13. invoke

    to call upon a greater power; to pray to or summon

  14. famine

    a time of extreme shortage of food

  15. embody

    to appear in a physical form

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