National Geographic : 1925 Aug
Courtesy New Zealand Government WOMEN POI DANCERS AT MAKETU The poi, or canoe, dance is performed by a number of girls. The movements portray the launching ofacanoe; itsbuffeting, tossing, and capsizing by a storm; its righting and triumphant progress over the waves, ending with its safe arrival on the beach. Tosuggest thesound ofthepaddle stroke, each dancer twirls and strikes together two poi balls, made from the leaves of the raupo (a common cat-tail orreed mace), towhich aflax cord is attached. The stripped-flax dancing skirt makes a sound like that of water lashing against the bows of acanoe.