Prince Harry Dances The Haka
Prince Harry has made the hearts of the Kiwis swoon when he performed their traditional battlefield dance, the haka. The performance ended with the prince sweaty and quite stoked.
Prince Harry is in the fourth day of his 8-day tour of New Zealand.
Prince Harry performs the haka
The prince underwent a 20-minute strict training session to learn the haka. Warrant officer 2, Brent Pene, said that the prince was a bit frustrated about his performance. Nevertheless, he was good given the short time allotted for practice.
Haka is a type of ancient Maori war dance traditionally done on the battlefield. The dance is characterized by fierce movements, facial expression and powerful chants. The dance steps require strong foot-stamping, tongue extensions and body slapping done simultaneously with loud chants.
The chant is made up of words that poetically describe Maori’s ancestors and historical milestones of the New Zealand’s ancient tribe.
Haka is also performed by New Zealand’s All Blacks before a rugby match.
See Prince Harry’s video below.
Prince Harry becomes the first royal to paddle the Whanganui River
Prince Harry has also become the first royal to paddle a traditional boat called the waka on Whanganui River, The New Zealand Herald reported. He said he was “absolutely knackered” with the experience, declaring that the paddling was his exercise done for the day.
He paddled with a specially carved hoe made by a renowned waka steerer, who said he made the hoe with the hopes that Prince Harry would actually use it.
Prince Harry wore a traditional costume as he gave his speech. He said it was “an extraordinary privilege” to have paddled a waka with the tribe.
“I am the river and the river is me,” Prince Harry said, quoting an ancient Whanganui saying.
The rain fell as he continued to meet with the members of the tribe. He, however, declined an umbrella, saying that if the people have to stand in the rain, he would, too.
“He always does (turns it down), especially if the crowd has been waiting in the rain,” a member of his entourage told The New Zealand Herald.
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