What does the Tika Tonu Haka mean

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“Pay attention!
Listen up, take your stance
Arms outstretched!
Out and back
What is right is always right
What is right is always right
Ah… yes!
Be true to yourself, my son!
You have raised my concerns, so listen up!
What is this problem you are carrying?
How long have you been carrying it for?
Have you got that? Right, let's go on.
So son, Although it may be difficult for you
and son, although it seems to be unyielding
No matter how long you reflect on it
the answer to the problem
is here inside you.
Indeed! Indeed! Indeed! Yes, indeed! "

Composed by a Maori Chief for his young son Moana to clear off his self loathing qualms, “Tika Tonu” is the Haka performed widely in New Zealand.
Haka is the collective name for the traditional posture dance performed by the Maori tribes of New Zealand. It involves a series of stylized vigorous moves of the body, bulging eyes, stretching out the tongue, rhythmic feet stompings and thwacking of thighs. Although seems like a war cry for men, Haka is performed by both men and women for almost all social events of the Maorian culture from wedding to funerals. The Maori are the indigenous tribe of Newzealand believed to have migrated from Polynesia.

Such a fascinating song with such a powerful message. Boggles my mind thinking of how many beautiful cultures of the fifth world are left unexplored .. Maybe it's better left that way. We only explore to eradicate. Glad to see such a cultural significance surviving the test of time through into the modern day.

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