Our Active Start sessions this week have been inspired by the Maori's Haka. It was performed to James Cameron by the New Zealand stuntmen, who worked on Avatar, as a sign of respect. James Cameron was inspired so much by this gesture he created a scene involving a Na'vi Haka although it never made the final cut of the film.
The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. They have a culture uniquely their own (called Maoritanga) and part of their cultural heritage includes ta moko, a form of body modification historically used by the Maori to signify rank and social standing, enhance attractiveness and indicate eligibility for marriage.
A huge part of their culture is the Haka and performed by the men and women to signify a war cry, for amusement, as a hearty welcome to distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements or occasions.
Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora! Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora!
Tenei te tangata puhuru huru Nana nei i tiki mai,
Whakawhiti te ra
A upane! ka upane! A upane! ka upane!
Whiti te ra!
*'wh' sounds like 'f'
I die! I die!
I live! I live!
I die! I die! I live! I live!
This is the hairy man Who has caused the sun to shine again
The Sun shines!