Maori tribe and haka dance
Maori tribe, the largest ethnic tribe living in New Zealand and part of Australia. In 2006 about 644000 individual māori people were living in New Zealand and 120000 in Australia. Their ancestors came New Zealand from eastern Polynesia.
Maori means “normal” or “natural”. They were the people who used to live long before the European visitors started came. Maori people are very active in their culture and all sectors of the country such as media, politics and sports.
They have their own culture, believes and tradition. As they came from Polynesia, many of their believes are affected by the ancient homeland. They believe in deities, sacred and non sacred, mana and spirits, though many of them now follow Christianity. A small number of them follow islam. They have their own language which is widely used, tradition that is celebrated widely.
The Haka is a type of ancient Maori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield, but when groups came together in peace. It’s display of a tribe’s pride, strength and unity. Actions include violent foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. (Image Source)