Poi Dance

When visiting the Araiteuru Marae (Tradition Maori Meeting House) on an excursion with the BCA group, we met the Maori Student Club Group from the University of Otago. The Maori students taught the women a traditional Maori Poi Dance and the men a traditional Maori Haka. Poi is the name for the ball on the end of a string that the dancers use but also the name of the dance. It was traditionally used for strengthening the wrists of warriors and is now used in performances. Ashley Mountfort, the Otago New Zealand Resident Director, Helen Korbel, Alyssa Pumputis, our Instructor Toni and IĀ are pictured presenting the Poi dance and Maori song we learned for the men before the Haka. -Savannah Pugmire, Dunedin, New Zealand, Spring 2016

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