Monday, May 5, 2008
This is a NZ Maori Haka. The Haka is a war cry/war dance. Back in the days of tribal wars and such this would have been the prerequisite to a battle. Freaky huh? Now it's used at the beginnings of rugby games, among other things. But can you imagine a half naked warrior with tattoos all over his face (cultural tattoos) and a large spear threatening you with this before hand? The chest-slapping is the modern version of what they used to do - scratching their bare chests till they bled as they did this. Eek.
Pretty kool. Watched my friend help the groom out at a wedding - husband was a Kiwi (NZ-er) and so were some of the groomsmen, and the bride was an American. Intimidating huh?
Some NZ scenery. We do have cities and towns though.
This is some of our city. To be fair it's the tourist area by the beach. But no one really wants to take scenic video of the suburbs.
And a few excerpts of Kiwi accent. There's a lot of different ones - but they sound similar. The most different would be the guy in the hat and glasses - he's probably one of the more "mucky" sounding accents. The little girl's pretty true to character, as well as the guy who says, "I don't have a Kiwi accent. ..... DO I?"
Just thought you'd like to see a bit about where I live.
Posted by Susie Sams at 4:16 PM