Kia ora Korua, Kiwi & @Knight of God,
Like kiwi said, our outlook on the world is much different to western society.
Our history and lore are rich and stretch back many generations to common ancestors here in Aotearoa (New Zealand) such as Kupe, or ties further back to our pacific origins such as Hawaiki (Hawai'i, Savai'i -Samoa) which is our spiritual home where our ancestors came from. This was all Oral before colonials arrived here.
The big things for us is that we acknowledge the tuakana - teina (Elder and junior) relationship between man (teina) and the gods and their realms (tuakana). We didn't try to control the forests, seas etc like you see in a western society, we lived in harmony with living world.
Building on what Kiwi said, we are tied to places where our family come from, our ancestors are the mountains, seas and rivers from that area. Our connection to the lands can be displayed in our language, our placenta is called 'whenua' in maori - whenua is also the word for earth. When we are born our whenua (placenta) is burried in the grounds where we come from and this is in preparation for when we pass. You come from the grounds and are returned there if that makes sense.
I could go on for hours if not days about this stuff, thats a wee snapshot.
Also bit of a bugger, i was living in Wellington for the past 2 years, should have got together and watched a game e hoa.