The Maori raised the protesters’ spirits at the weekend when he performed the Ngati Kahungunu tribal haka Tika Tonu to those on the frontline. He received a rapturous applause for his effort.
Many Māori, the native people of New Zealand, have taken to social media to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which is protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline — a 1,172-mile oil pipeline the tribe believes will pollute its water supply and destroy culturally significant sites.
“We need to show them the power and strength of indigenous international unity.”
The Māori are showing their support by posting hakas, a traditional war dance that the Māori would perform on the battlefield, to a Facebook group called Haka with Standing Rock,
“We need to show them the power and strength of indigenous international unity,” he says in the video.
More than any other aspect of Maori culture, this complex dance is disciplined , yet emotional and an expression of the passion, vigour and identity of the race. It is at it’s best, truly, a message of the soul expressed by words and posture..”
“Kia korero te katoa o te tinana.” (The whole body should speak).
“Whatungarongaro te tangata toi tu whenua” As man disappears from sight, the land remains… (Maori Proverb)
Māori are the tangata whenua (indigenous people of the land) of New Zealand. Maori people define themselves by their iwi (tribe), hapu (sub-tribe), maunga (mountain) and awa (river).