Story: Riri - traditional Māori warfare

War dance, 1934

War dance, 1934

These Ngāti Tūwharetoa men perform the peruperu, a war dance with weapons. At the right moment all the warriors would leap in the air in unison, which is an awesome sight designed to put fear into the enemy.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Railways Collection (PAColl-5167)
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Basil Keane, 'Riri - traditional Māori warfare - Preparations and entering into battle', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 April 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012