World Indigenous Games competitors Indigenous Maori Athletes all the way from New Zealand were invited to the Ermineskin Powwow, where they performed the HAKA.

The Ermineskin Pow Wow this year had a little GEM, Māori athletes from the World Indigenous Games took time out of their schedule to share culture in Enoch, Ab. Guess they wanted to check out some Indigenous Culture from this land.

They even shared one of their ceremonies in the in the middle of the Ermineskin Cree Nation Arbor!

The Māori War Haka was originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition, but haka are also performed for various reasons: for welcoming distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals, and kapa haka performance groups are very common in schools.

The 2017 World Indigenous Nations Games are happening in Canada for the first time. Previously held in Brazil, they take place in Edmonton from July 2 to 9.

Canadians will be introduced to cool sports, like Xikunahati, a Brazilian game similar to soccer except that only the players' heads can touch the ball.

If Brazil's games were any indication, fans can expect an archery competition where the target is a small fish, 40 metres away, and competitors aim for its eye.


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