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 Re: At the risk of sounding foolish....
Author: Peregrine 
Date:   03-27-02 17:22

a couple of things....

poi the word comes from the Maori people of New Zealand and means "ball" and refers to the implement which consists of a ball on a string or cord, which is swung. It is done by both men and women for increasing flexibility in the wrists whether for battle (which is really done with staffs) or for other tasks like weaving etc. Today it is mostly done as a symbolic dance by women, and really bears no resemblence to the "poi" which westerners tend to do with streamer poi, fire, or glowsticks. It involves a lot of bouncing the poi off body parts to rhythmically accompany the song. the moves, like hand gestures in hula represent specific words, actions or emotions.
for a video of traditional poi see:

http://waiata.maori.org.nz/video/rangiwewehi.mpg

don't know about the egg thing but anyway they used to have Moas (big megapode bird like an ostrich or emu, theyre extinct now, all thats left is kiwis) in New Zealand not Rheas which are in South America.

poi may also originate from the making of the food poi which comes from taro root, which is wrapped up, tied to string, and then bashed against a rock to pulverize it.

the use of fire poi is relatively recent (last 30 years or so, forget the exact date) by maori performing groups wanting to add something different to their performances. probably inspired by samoan fire-knife dancing. a good book on the subject is
The Rhythm and Life of Poi by Ngamoni Huata which doesnt really tell you haw to do it though it will tell you history and how to make traditional poi out of flax.
and of course theres always
http://www.homeofpoi.com for the modern incarnation of it....

cheers,
Peregrine
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Klas 03-27-02 08:27 
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remy 03-27-02 07:33 
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seb 03-28-02 04:41 
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remy 03-28-02 11:23 
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remy 03-28-02 11:32 
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Peregrine 03-28-02 13:53 
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remy 03-28-02 19:45 


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