Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Haka and Poi

The Haka is, in a simplified way, known as a traditional Maori male war dance. Recently it's been made popular by the All Black's, the New Zealand rugby team who perform it before the start of their matches.

Watch how intense the energy of these guys is. This is from the 2011 Rugby World Cup. France starts to move towards them, it's never happened that another team came to challenge this tradition in such a way. Watch what happens!

Poi on the other hand is the traditional women's way of telling stories and performing.
This is one of the things we went up the gondola to do, to watch, learn and participate in these Maori traditions!

Chris got elected as the spokesperson "chief: of the group and was formally accepted during the performance.

Then they went on to perform a few different types of dances.

And then it was our turn to learn.

All in all I'd say it was a success, we definitely weren't as good as them though. Maybe I'll suggest doing a haka at our weekly rugby matches. I'll let you guys know how that turns out.
We did 1 more activity up at the gondola.. Check out the blog tomorrow to see what it was!

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