Maori Performing Arts - History
An article giving the history of the Poi.
There are different thoughts on the origin of the poi. The following list expresses some of the more common thoughts.
- The flexibility and dexterity of the poi have, in the past been a means of training warriors.
- The long poi represent the oars of our Tupuna
- Women of High rank were trained in the art of the long poi, manipulating up to 4 at a time