Thursday, April 30, 2009
Poi juggling, or spinning, is a worldwide fashion that originates with the Maori of New Zealand
In Maori culture, the discipline of poi evolved into a traditional performance art practiced primarily by women. The art includes storytelling and singing choreographed to poi routines, and developed in conjunction with others disciplines - such as waiata a ringa, haka, and titi torea - included in kapa haka performances. Contemporary poi has built upon the Māori discipline, combining spinning arts from around the world.