UW Today

February 9, 2006

Whale dancers

New Zealanders (from left) Te Rau Huia Ngata-Kutia, Derek Lardelli, Patrick Takoko and Wayne Ngata, on the right, perform part of a traditional “haka” dance at the Burke Museum Friday β€” one of the demonstrations that accompanied the opening of the exhibit about Maori weaving, Toi Maori: The Eternal Thread. The dance dramatizes the Paikea legend of a chief who came to the land on the back of a whale, the story on which the popular movie The Whale Rider was based. The three also were walking, and dancing, exhibits of β€œta moko,” the Maori art of skin carving, or tattooing. The Eternal Thread continues at The Burke until May 29.