Maori - Indigenous people of New Zealand
Though some of their war tactics have been savage, the Maori are known as a spiritual people who incorporate beliefs and ritual into everyday life. Although some of the beliefs and traditions have been diluted due to outside influence over the last 150 to 200 years, many are still revered and commonly practiced.
Above are images from Kapa haka groups. Kapa Haka refers to a type of Maori Performing arts. The work of a kapa haka consists of the performance of a suite of songs and dances spanning several types of Maori music and dance, strung together into a coherent whole.
Music and dance types that normally appear are waiata tira (warm-up song), whakaeke (entrance song), waiata-a-ringa (action song), haka (challenge), pou or moteatea (old-style singing), poi (co-ordinated swinging of balls attached to cords), and whakawatea (closing song). They may also include titi torea (synchronised manipulation of thin sticks).