An entire school performed an astounding and deeply moving tribute to Dawson Tamatea after he passed away unexpectedly. It’s one of the most incredibly moving funeral rituals we have ever seen.
Called a Haka, the tribute is one of the ritual dances of the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. Originally, it began as a war dance, an ancestral cry, and was performed on the battlefields to intimidate their opponents. It was also used to call upon the god of war to assist them during battle.
Over time, the significance of Haka took on several meanings, including being used to acknowledge achievements or defeats, as an expression of sorrow, happiness, or pride, and to demonstrate appreciation. Performing a Haka brings collective strength and community to a group of people.
In this case, the students at Palmerston North Boys’ High School performed a Haka to show their collective grief and respect for Mr. Tamatea. It is spine-tingling to say the least.