Māori Performing Arts

HAKA

In previous posts I have mentioned the haka, an iconic symbol for New Zealand, and now I must expose its significance.  The All Black rugby players perform a rugby-ized  section of the most well known haka “Ka Mate!” As I have mentioned, there are many different types of haka: for rituals, physical conditioning, expressing a social message, intimidation, ect.  The All Blacks perform a haka taparahi, or a haka without weapons used for conditioning.  The context to this world renowned dance will reveal the misappropriation and translation that is used today.

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