Experience the excitement, exuberance and energy of the haka, a traditional Maori challenge. Often used on the battlefield, as well as when groups came together in peace, haka are a fierce 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. Through historical photos and videos of recent award-winning haka performances, learn how haka plays a key role in contemporary New Zealand society and why it is performed at sporting, military, and cultural events alike.
Don’t miss the rare chance to see a haka performed by New Zealand’s All Blacks before their rugby match against the USA rugby team on November 1, 2014, at Soldier Field. Learn more about the game.
This exhibition was organized by the New Zealand Embassy in Washington D.C.