Maori Haka War Dance Videos You Must See

The All Blacks, New Zealand's seemingly invincible national rugby team, won today in a test at Eden Park versus France, 23-13. The "shaky" win, by All Blacks standards, was the opening match of the Steinlager Series. Prior to the match, as is their tradition, the All Blacks squad performed a Haka, a traditional Maori war dance, to honor the Indigenous Peoples.(Source)

The Haka (plural is the same as singular: haka) is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment. The New Zealand rugby team's practice of performing a haka before their matches has made the dance more widely known around the world.

Although the use of haka by the All Blacks rugby union team and the Kiwis rugby league team has made one type of haka familiar, it has led to misconceptions. Haka are not exclusively war dances or performed only by men.Some are performed by women, others by mixed groups, and some simple haka are performed by children. Haka are performed for various reasons: for amusement, as a hearty welcome to distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals.

War haka (peruperu) were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition. Today, haka constitute an integral part of formal or official welcome ceremonies for distinguished visitors or foreign dignitaries, serving to impart a sense of the importance of the occasion.

Various actions are employed in the course of a performance, including facial contortions such as showing the whites of the eyes and the poking out of the tongue, and a wide variety of vigorous body actions such as slapping the hands against the body and stamping of the feet. As well as chanted words, a variety of cries and grunts are used. Haka may be understood as a kind of symphony in which the different parts of the body represent many instruments. The hands, arms, legs, feet, voice, eyes, tongue and the body as a whole combine to express courage, annoyance, joy or other feelings relevant to the purpose of the occasion. (Source: Wikipedia)

All Blacks Haka vs France 2013

NZ Haka vs Australia - 25 August 2012

Responses to " New Zealand All Blacks Perform Maori Haka vs France 2013 "

  1. interesting... the French look intimidated...

  2. Anonymous says:

    Any fire the French had was gone after the haka. You could see it in their eyes....

  3. moon star says:

    I love this, I've seen this before, when they did it, in a longer version, for a friend who was being buried. I also saw it years ago, when I was at a luau, and they had Hawaiian and maori dancers, some may find it laughable, with the tongues out and everything, but it is to fake out the opposition. I love to watch them. I also noticed that a lot of them had tattoos, they aren't done with a tattoo gun, they are done with a needle and ink on a stick, as I remember, and they have to drive the ink into the skin by hitting the needle with the stick. I know some of this is wrong, please help, if you know where I went wrong, but it is close to what I said. ouch!

  4. nothing like a little Haka to get the blood pumping

  5. ((( AWESOME ))) Ready to get it on!!! ... Power to Our relations in New Zealand ... HOKA - From the North American "Indians" ....

  6. Anonymous says:

    very cool,
    Ojibwa from the old northwestern territories of the current u.s. loved the ceremony.!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I love the Maori people and their culture, the haka and the All Blacks. I never get tired of watching these performances!

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