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Haka (plural here is the same as singular in Maori language: two Haka, one Haka) is a ritual dance of the Maori, the native people of New Zealand. Sometimes, a haka is performed to excite friends and to scare enemies. In peace time, a haka is performed as a challenge.
A haka can include:
- voice (chanting)
- feet (stamping and leaping)
- hand (slapping, waving and clapping)
- eyes (rolling)
- tongue (poking out)
There are many different haka. Each tells a story. The most famous haka is Ka Mate. The Ka Mate haka is performed by many New Zealand sports teams before games. Another famous haka is 'Kapo O Pango' which is performed by New Zealand's rugby union team. This team is called the All Blacks.