Maori Stick Game

Maori Stick Game

Have a go at Tī tī tōrea (the Maori Stick Game)

About

Maori stick games (Tī tī tōrea) consist of the rhythmic throwing and catching of sticks (Te Rakau) from person to person. Traditionally boys and young men used this game to increase dexterity and alertness, while girls and young women were thought to benefit from increased adroitness for poi and dances. During the throwing and catching process, a traditional Waiata (song) was chanted. The stick game waiata most familiar to New Zealanders is E Papa Waiari.

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E Papa Waiari performance

E Papa Waiari performance