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In Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand, we visited a Maori cultural center and were treated to a performance of song and dance by native people. This rather famous look, with the tongue hanging out as far as possible, along with a bug eyed face is part of the Haka. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment. What fun to have seen!

Canon EOS 1DS Mark III
1/80 sec
ISO 600
focal length 300mm
28-300mm glass
han dheld

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  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroover 1 year ago

    22nd July

  • thanks for your note, maria

    – phil decocco

  • Tere Troya
    Tere Troyaover 1 year ago

    Great photo Phil ! Nice description and I saw you are a great traveller !
    There is a large tradition to show the tongue, also I remember reading the history about the meaning of showing the tongue like this man

  • teresita
    the whole routine has a rich history. for warriors it was decided that the look, noise, chanting, chest thumping etc would scare enemies….“who are these crazy people?”

    – phil decocco

  • Tom Broderick IPA
    Tom Broderick IPAover 1 year ago

    This is a great shot Phil. You need to put this one in real life photography. I am sure Wayne will feature this capture.

  • tom
    thanks for the suggestion and for your supportive comment

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Strattonover 1 year ago

    I remember seeing a PBS program about the Maori and the tribal rituals they pass on, genration to generation. They train for years, just to participate in dance. They are true warriors. Good pic, Phil :-)

  • thanks pete, this troupe was animated, noisy, and colorful all at once. Great voices too!

    – phil decocco

  • Christian Eccleston
    Christian Eccl...over 1 year ago

    great portrait

  • christian
    thanks for the kind words of support. Much appreciated

    – phil decocco

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaover 1 year ago


    featured page

  • many thanks for this selection as a feature. Always an honor!

    – phil decocco

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