Thursday, November 26, 2009

Visiting the Maoris

Nov. 21 – Te Puia, part 3

After the gift shop, we were treated to some Maori entertainment. We had to approach the tribal meeting hall, wait for one of the tribal members to approach us. He left a leaf on the ground. If the leader of the approaching group picks up the leaf and backs away, that indicates that they come in peace. The tribe then starts singing a welcome song, allowing us to approach the tribal meeting hall. After removing our shoes, we can enter the hall. They sang more songs, played native instruments (although the guitars didn't quite fit in) and demonstrated how both men and women dance. Audience members went up to participate, including Phyllis. She did a great job! (The picture is the best my camera would do in such low light.)

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