Culturally relevant rugby in the South Pacific

haka By Kathleen Atkins

If you’ve ever seen a haka, you know it’s not the hula. In this video, two rugby teams, the New Zealand All Blacks and the Samoan Sevens, prepare for play by first preparing for war.

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The haka war dance is traditional to both the Samoan and Maori cultures. Their mutual intentions are crystal clear to the warrior-players, but the ritual might startle viewers from other parts of the world. And it makes American-style football players look like wimps. Play the video

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Kathleen Atkins

About Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.