Edward Smallwood Richards (1837-1917) Portrait of Mere Tupe-o-tu, of Taranaki, probably in the late 1860s

Edward Smallwood Richards (1837-1917) Portrait of Mere Tupe-o-tu, of Taranaki, probably in the late 1860s

Maori weaving by uwwees, via Flickr

Maori weaving by uwwees, via Flickr

A Brief History of Poi:  Poi originates from the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand, the word 'Poi' simply means ball. For over a thousand years Maori women have danced the Maori Poi, a dance with balls attached to strings, swung rhythmically to keep there hands flexible for weaving.

A Brief History of Poi: Poi originates from the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand, the word 'Poi' simply means ball. For over a thousand years Maori women have danced the Maori Poi, a dance with balls attached to strings, swung rhythmically to keep there hands flexible for weaving.

The poi used by my ancestors/men to keep there hands/arms/wrist supple for weaponry war/display … today used by myself and my grandchildren to perform our beautiful cultural dance/songs ...

History of the Polynesian Cultural Center and Mormonism in Hawaii

The poi used by my ancestors/men to keep there hands/arms/wrist supple for weaponry war/display … today used by myself and my grandchildren to perform our beautiful cultural dance/songs ...

Maori Piupiu Skirt - piupiu, maori costume, maori, kapa haka, maori ... - Shopenzed.com

Maori Piupiu Skirt - piupiu, maori costume, maori, kapa haka, maori ... - Shopenzed.com

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