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"Maori stick dance " New Zealand Local Custom Tip by keeweechic

New Zealand Local Customs: 129 reviews and 113 photos


The Stick games or Tï Räkau consist of the rhythmic throwing and catching of 3 foot long sticks from person to person. This originally started as a way of training young warriors to catch enemies' spears in battle. The players stood or knelt down in a circle and when the pace of throwing increased with the increased in tempo those who dropped their sticks dropped out of the game. The last person was the winner. These days the dance is performed for purely entertaining purposes.

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  • Written Sep 28, 2006
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