May 19, 2018
Haka: The Maori Dance of Posturing and Muscle
We are most familiar with the war haka, the traditional dance performed before a battle, in which you try to intimidate your enemy by posturing, yelling, stamping your feet, gesturing, making wild faces.
Today it is performed across New Zealand, by people of all racial groups, typically before a sports contest. This group is from Hamilton Boys' High School.
Rotorua Boys' High School.
.St. Brigid's School in Dunedin has boy and girls performing.
The New Zealand National Rugby Team, the All-Blacks (a reference to the color of the uniforms, not the race of the players), perform a haka before each game, using a routine borrowed from the Ngati-Toa tribe.
And at Eastern Oregon University.