The Haka is a traditional war cry, dance, or challenge from the Maori people of New Zealand traditionally used on the battlefield, as well as when groups came together in peace. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment. The words of a Haka often poetically describe ancestors and events in the tribe’s history.
Today, Haka is still used during Māori ceremonies and celebrations to honor guests and show the importance of the occasion. This includes family events, like birthdays and weddings.
To view an example of a New Zealand Maori peoples traditional Haka, click here. For other examples follow this link.