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Tag Archives: Maori poi

The Kapa Haka class.

I had been introduced to Mr. X once before, to request permission to sit in on his Kapa Haka class about Māori culture. The introduction began with Mr. X staring sternly and intently through my eyes and into my soul for an abnormally long amount of time, was followed by an uncomfortable laughter, and concluded with a brief "you can sit in on my class." I thought about and journaled about this moment obsessively for the next few days...how did he do that? Look straight through me? Mr. X seemed Read More


Learning to make Māori poi, except for that last step.

They always say the grass is greener on the other side, I just never realized by "other side" they literally meant the other side...of the world. The grass is very green in New Zealand. And the sky very blue. And the people very friendly. And the PhD in poi spinning off to a very good start. After a month of settling in, pondering why I brought so many useless things and not enough socks, and asking people to repeat whatever they just said to me (sometimes I'm really not sure they speak English Read More