Meet the Chiefs
So I've introduced to the Uncle to powerful world of Maori film; last week we watched The Dead Lands (2014) on Google Play (and I'll try to do a video review once I get my hair done), and this weekend we watched Whale Rider (2003). And since the Uncle is already a fan of rugby, we found soon ourselves on YouTube enjoying Haka videos
The haka is a type of ancient Māori war dance traditionally 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. The words of a haka often poetically describe ancestors and events in the tribe’s history.
Today, haka are still used during Māori ceremonies and celebrations to honour guests and show the importance of the occasion. They are also used to challenge opponents on the sports field. You may have seen a haka performed by New Zealand’s All Blacks before a rugby match? You’ll probably agree that it’s a terrifying sight to behold! (Source)
It should be noted that the New Zealand All Blacks team is nothing short of legend; there's no team they've never defeated, and they are consistently touted as the most successful national rugby team in the world.
What an honor this must have been, to perform before the Maori King:
The All Blacks slaughtered the Americans 74-6 in Chicago after performing this Haka:
Japan lost 83-7 after this Haka:
However...the Tonga, being cousins of the Maori, don't scare so easily; they respond with the Kailao:
Same with the cousins from Fiji and their Cibi:
Aaaaaaaaand the Samoans, with their Siva Tau:
This last Haka was performed by the NZ military in honor of their comrades who fell in Afghanistan (thanks a lot, USA). After watching this, I think a nation would have to be crazy to mess with the New Zealand army.