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The Maori Crew

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These warriors brought the Haka, tattooing, and endless laughter all the way over from New Zealand.

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Thanks to Adäka and this team of Maori superstars, I finally got to see a live Haka! It was pretty 'mean', as my NZ friends would say.

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It was such a gift to have this group of men and women from so away, and they certainly brought their A-Game. The Maori were active throughout the entire festival boat making, performing and tattooing.
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The crew was incredibly generous, and on numerous occasions invited audience members on stage to practice their own Haka moves!

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I really loved watching the Maori women perform the haka. Their energy and fierce beauty was explosive, and that proved to be true off-stage as well.
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Traditional tattoo artist Te Wehi Preston was booked all week long. Unfortunately I missed the boat and was stuck on his waiting list. Here he is doing beautiful work on Chelsey June from the band Twin Flames.
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Chelsey braved the pain really well...
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Xina Cowan is the Editor-in-Chief of WIOT Magazine, and a digital media Producer at Rezolution Pictures in Montreal. She has the privilege of working with remarkable community members every day, and uses the web as a platform to build strength, connections, and ideas. In her spare time, she loves bopping around with her two bunnies and dreaming about beadwork.

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