Thursday, October 30, 2014 to Monday, December 1, 2014

Experience the excitement, exuberance and energy of the haka, a traditional Maori challenge. Often 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. Through historical photos and videos of recent award-winning haka performances, learn how haka plays a key role in contemporary New Zealand society and why it is performed at sporting, military, and cultural events alike.

This exhibition was organized by the New Zealand Embassy in Washington D.C.


Wiremu Tai Tin, high school student, New Zealand, 2011, Photographer: Vince Heperi.


Members of the Māori Battalion perform a haka at Maadi, Egypt, 1941, Photographer unknown. Alexander Turnbull Library.