If this continues please try upgrading your browser or contact us for assistance. Into Antiquity was an early documentary from veteran director Wayne Tourell. New Zealand Film Commission. Beginning This time: eg.
It involves an emotional and powerful combination of song, dance and chanting. Kapa haka is performed by cultural groups on marae, at schools, and during special events and festivals. Many performances include skilled demonstrations of traditional weaponry. The performers flutter their hands quickly, a movement called wiri, which can symbolise shimmering waters, heat waves or even a breeze moving the leaves of a tree. Poi is a form of dance in which each performer skilfully twirls one or more poi ball on a chord in perfect unison with the others. Sudden direction changes are achieved by striking the ball on a hand or other part of the body, and the noise creates a percussive rhythm. Poi dancers are usually women and a skilled performance will strongly convey a sense of grace, beauty and charm.
By Sophie Inge For Mailonline. These are the striking portraits of the last traditionally tattooed Maori women. The late 19th and early 20th century photographs show some of the last women to wear the traditional ta moko face marking before it was outlawed by British colonialists. Ta moko is the name for the permanent body and face marking by Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand.