There has been a lot of publicity around the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Over recent weeks there was a groundswell of support from Māori for our Indigenous brothers and sisters of Standing Rock tribe. Haka with Standing Rock has over 47,000 members. Some travelled to Dakota to offer their physical support to the … Continue reading Standing with Standing Rock
It seems that other countries can't get enough of the haka. It's one thing to appreciate it when it's performed. It's a completely different thing to use it for the purpose of comedy when you KNOW you are being culturally offensive and go so far as admit that. It's clear the show's writers were well-aware … Continue reading Hands off our haka!
Today I've been thinking about Māori culture and how often these days we see things 'pop up' on the other side of the world that have their origins in Aotearoa. "Imitation is the best form of flattery" - is that true? What if the imitation butchers the original? What if the imitation doesn't understand cultural significance … Continue reading Is culture copyright?